sleep

By Jonah Comstock 03:35 pm April 26, 2019
Everyone sleeps. But not everyone sleeps well. And the quality of your sleep can have far-reaching effects on your mental and physical health. Considering all that, it’s no surprise that sleep health has become one of the major focuses of consumer-facing digital health plays — although research has shown that it’s less popular than diet or exercise tracking, and most popular among the “worried...
By Dave Muoio 10:50 am April 24, 2019
Onera Health, an at-home sleep diagnostics startup spun out of research center imec, has raised $9.3 million in Series A funding. The round led by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and imec.xpand, with additional participation from imec, BOM and other unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO Onera’s in-development diagnostic platform is centered on disposable monitor patches. The product is pitched as an alternative...
By Laura Lovett and Jonah Comstock 11:16 am March 26, 2019
With constant interruptions and vital checks, getting a good night of sleep in the hospital can be a challenge for patients.  But a recent EarlySense study conducted at the University of Chicago found that using the company’s contact-free remote monitoring system as an alternative to waking patients up for vital check throughout the night led to better sleep and satisfaction for patients.  “What...
By Dave Muoio 10:45 am September 15, 2017
DreamJay, a San Francisco- and Warsaw, Poland-based sleep app developer, announced today that it has raised $2.3 million in Series A funding. Investors include the Joint Polish Investment Fund (JPIF), Poland’s largest life science venture capital fund, and Nordic Makers, a Swedish fund. The newly acquired capital will be used to continue development of Nightly, DreamJay’s unreleased app, and...
By Heather Mack 06:19 pm April 18, 2017
Virtual platform expands physical footprint Grand Rounds, which works with consumers and employers to match patients with specialist doctors and also helps provide second opinions, has expanded its brick-and-mortar presence with the opening of a new office in Lewiston, Maine. This marks the first East Coast operation for the San Francisco-based company, and the location was selected as a majority...
By Jonah Comstock 02:16 pm May 9, 2016
People in Singapore and Japan get the least sleep, while the Dutch and New Zealanders sleep the most, according to a new sleep study published last week in Science Advances. While the insights about different countries are interesting, the most compelling thing about the study of more than 5,000 people was that it used a smartphone app to study people's self-reported sleep habits in the real...
By Jonah Comstock 07:03 am June 3, 2014
According to a new study, users of Philips Respironics' SleepMapper app were 22 percent more adherent to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy than non-users.  SleepMapper is an app and website platform from Philips for patients with sleep apnea who are already using CPAP therapy, which involves a face mask that blows air into a patient's upper airway while she sleeps. The system,...
By Aditi Pai 08:38 am January 27, 2014
Palo Alto, California-based SleepRate has launched a sleep app, based on sleep analysis algorithms and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) protocols, which were licensed from Stanford University's School of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences. The system is available for $99.99 in SleepRate's online store or on Amazon.com, although only to those in the United States....
By Brian Dolan 06:47 am September 30, 2009
Fitbit, a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking device became commercially available this week. The device, which is small enough to clip on to the user's clothing, uses an internal motion detector to track the wearer's movement, sleep and calorie burn during both the day and night. The device costs $99. Fitbit provides users with metrics like: Amount of steps you took today, miles...