About this project
Each night, as millions of people slumber peacefully, millions more can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. That's not fair. So we did something about it.
University Professor Leon Lack and his colleagues discovered a way to help people fall asleep 30 minutes sooner and sleep almost 70 minutes longer (Harris et al, 2007 & 2012).
They discovered you can train your body to fall asleep sooner; if you experience the sensation of falling asleep over and over again. They called this technique sleep re-training.
This discovery paved the way for Thim.
In their research, participants fall asleep and after 3-minutes are woken up. This gave participants the sensation of falling asleep, repeatedly, over a short period of time. Falling asleep again and again conditioned participants to fall asleep sooner.
Thim delivers this sleep re-training in a wearable device which is compact and comfortable.
You begin by placing Thim on any finger as you go to bed. Thim will detect when you have fallen asleep to the nearest minute. After 3-minutes of sleep, Thim wakes you up. You then fall asleep again and have another 3-minute sleep. Falling asleep again and again will condition your body to fall asleep sooner so you learn to fall asleep with ease.
You can customize the length of time spent re-training (more time or less time). We recommend you spend the first hour of your bedtime repeating this sleep re-training process. For example, if you go to bed at 10pm, conclude sleep re-training at 11pm.
In addition to the world first application of sleep re-training, Thim also contains a power-nap module and sleep tracking capability. Everyone is talking about Thim...
power nap module
Shift workers, elite athletes, executives and students use power-naps to increase energy, concentration and performance.
The perfect power-nap should last for 10 minutes. Sleeping too little or too much will leave you feeling groggy after your nap. Exactly 10 minutes ensures you wake up refreshed and reinvigorated.
Alarms can only countdown time. They are unable to know when you have entered stage 1 sleep to begin counting down from 10 minutes. Thim knows when you’ve fallen asleep – to the minute. Providing you the perfect power-nap for the first time.
track sleep accurately
Thim emits a soft vibration each minute. When you feel this vibration you respond by making a subtle movement with your finger. This tells Thim you are awake. When you fail to respond, Thim knows you've fallen asleep. This method of tracking sleep onset (time taken to fall asleep) is proven to be as accurate as the equipment you would find in a sleep lab. And is much more accurate than popular sleep tracking devices which rely on actigraphy alone.
One popular sleep-tracking wristband was cited for misjudging sleep onset (the beginning of stage 1 sleep) by 15 minutes; with such inaccuracy the current crop of wearable devices are simply unable to facilitate a power-nap or sleep re-training. These applications demand to-the-minute accuracy, which Thim delivers.
Thim connects to your smart phone via Bluetooth low energy technology. This allows you to program your device. It also allows your sleep data to be transferred from your device to your smart phone in real time.
Specifically, Thim will collect data on:
- Sleep onset latency (time taken to fall asleep each night)
- Stages of sleep and their duration
- Frequency and duration of waking episodes
The Thim App calculates your sleep score so you can track your progress. You can also share you raw sleep data with your health care professional. The Thim App will be available free of charge.
how Thim works
Begin by selecting sleep re-training or power nap on your smart phone. Then place Thim on any finger as you go to bed. When Thim vibrates, respond by moving your finger. This will inform Thim you are still awake. When you do not respond, you have entered stage 1 sleep. Thim will then count down from 10 minutes (power-nap) or 3-minutes (sleep re-training) and record your sleep data at the same time.
We've blended the latest in sleep science with organic design. We wanted this technology to represent the ability to disconnect and dream.
Thim takes the latest in wearable components and repackages these to serve new applications. It's a first. It's amazing.
Poor sleep leaves you feeling tired and lethargic. This can impact your relationships with friends and family, as well as career success. It is unfortunate that so many in our community are unable to live the life they aspire to because of an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Professor Lack and his colleagues went in search of a new way to improve sleep. One which would be simple and effective. Their research showed that sleep re-training can reduce time taken to fall asleep by 30 minutes and increase time asleep by almost 70 minutes (Harris et al, 2007 & 2012).
But despite these breakthrough findings, sleep re-training was only used by experts. Expensive lab equipment was needed to pin point the moment someone would fall asleep to begin counting down from 3-minutes. This made sleep re-training too expensive. Popular sleep tracking devices were inexpensive, but inaccurate.
The researchers compared the accuracy of sleep lab equipment to someone physically responding to a tone. They found that a tone was accurate for determining when you enter Stage 1 of your sleep cycle. This finding allowed our team to work with Professor Lack to design a new wearable device for sleep.
“… sleep re-training is expensive. Many people who need it can’t afford it...Let’s hope this Australian study stimulates the creation of such home (sleep re-training) programs.” Harvard Health (Skerrett, 2012)
Professor Lack has been our a friend and collaborator for a long time. In 2012 we worked together in designing the Re-Timer light therapy glasses. Re-Timer has received worldwide acclaim and been featured by many major news outlets.
“I think they are a break through... I’m a huge fan” - Dave Asprey, Bulletproof founder & New York Times bestselling author
Thim will retail for $199. We've discounted our Kickstarter price by 35% for the Kickstarter community.
We're a balanced team who love bringing the latest in sleep science to the community. We did it in 2012. Now we're back to do it again.
All too often advancements in science are left in the lab. Not this time. This is a chance for pioneering research to make its way into the hands of the community.
What better place to seek support than through a community based platform. It’s up to the people. You can help us ensure this breakthrough does not remain hidden inside scientific journals forever.
Thank you for your support.
Leon, Laura, Vera & Ben.
Risks and challenges
We‘re fortunate to have experience in the design and delivery of wearable devices. We’ve learnt there are some simple rules, which allow us to deliver:
1) Find and nurture the best people,
2) Plan, plan, plan; and,
3) Always bring passion to the table
Each time we deliver something new, it’s our reputation on the line. We know it. We can't wait to bring this world first to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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