The new institute will be comprised of five multidisciplinary health and wellness experts who will examine Sleep Cycle’s internal data from millions of active users across 223 countries worldwide to gain deeper, quantitative insight into how travel, stress, exercise, holidays, school and work schedules, and other lifestyle choices affect the quality of our sleep. The goal of the Sleep Cycle Institute is to educate individuals about why sleep must be made a higher priority to achieve greater overall health and well-being and, ultimately, even to help shape public policy around sleep.
In tandem with launching the institute, Sleep Cycle has also launched a new website that will offer visitors real-time, interactive sleep data from around the world — including bedtimes and wake-up times, sleep quality, and snore statistics.
Founded on a Massive Dataset
For 10 years, Sleep Cycle has been the world’s most popular sleep tracking application. With millions of active users around the globe, it has also become one of the world’s richest repositories of data on global sleep habits — with years’ worth of data that can be analyzed and dissected by region, season, gender, generation, and lifestyle habits. All data is anonymous and collected only with the consent of Sleep Cycle users.
The Sleep Cycle Institute health and wellness experts will use this data to author quarterly reports to educate individuals on lifestyle choices that may be impacting their sleep and inform public policy on a range of topics, including:
- School and work start times
- Worker regulations
- Medical treatment for specific ailments
- Military readiness
Ultimately, the group will work to have an influence on improved global health and wellness by providing hard data on the effects of sleep quality on overall happiness, productivity, and even GDP.
Meet the Experts
The inaugural panel of Sleep Cycle Institute experts includes:
- Dr. Frida Rångtell, Ph.D., is a doctoral student in the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research is mainly focused on the relationship between sleep and memory but also covers a variety of other sleep-related topics such as sex differences in sleep and effects of sleep loss, as well as how use of technology and screens close to bedtime can impact our sleep.
- Dr. Catherine Darley, a natural sleep expert, is the founding director of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, Inc., in Seattle. Her focus is on sleep training and education for at-risk occupational groups like first responders, who face high-performance demands while providing 24/7 services with inherent safety risks. She was also a leader of the Start School Later initiative in Seattle, which succeeded in improving school hours for more than 50,000 students.
Other health and wellness experts will be announced in the coming months.
“It’s a pleasure to work with Sleep Cycle to increase public knowledge and appreciation for all that sleep does for our health,” said Darley. “My hope in doing this work is to increase the motivation of Americans to prioritize their sleep and reap all the rewards of a good night’s rest.”
“Unraveling the mysteries of sleep is my passion,” said Rångtell. “Sleep is fascinating, and teaching people about it is exciting and important. Being a part of the Sleep Cycle Institute is a great opportunity to spread the knowledge about sleep and how it contributes to mental and physical well-being.”