We are a sleep-deprived society and this is particularly true amongst adolescents who struggle to sleep the recommended nine hours of sleep per night. In addition to biological changes that influence teens to stay up late and sleep in, social factors such as school start times, homework and extra-curricular activities make it difficult for teens to sleep on time and enough. This sleep debt can lead to social implications such as low mood or inattentiveness in school, and can increase the likelihood of development of chronic health conditions.
Built following a user-centered design approach, SOMNI is an mHealth app that pairs with a wearable device to track the teen’s movements and capture sleep behaviours. Through a custom algorithm, the app gradually helps the teen move their bedtime earlier week by week to increase the total amount of sleep achieved each night. Each time the teen meets their bedtime and wake time goal, the teen earn points which can be redeemed for gift cards.
SOMNI will be undergoing a 4-week feasibility study with ten 13-17 year old high school students. The results of this study will be used to improve SOMNI for a 4-week pilot RCT.