Need More Sleep? Big Data Can Help!

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About a decade ago Fullpower built a lab with the intention of capturing data from sleep patterns. Despite the difficulty of getting a full night of sleep covered in wires, almost everyone manages to at least nod off for a while, and the data that subjects generate are valuable and often surprising. “What we found early on is that sometimes you sleep less and feel more refreshed,” Kahn says. “It’s because you woke up in the light part of the sleep cycle.” This insight led him to develop a sleep-cycle alarm that could determine the best time to alert a person within a certain window. “Sometimes it’s better to get up at 10 of seven than at seven,” he says.

Kahn is convinced that he is on the brink of many more discoveries within sleep patterns, and he’s intent on dispelling some of the conventional wisdom that stresses people out…

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