Post by Minna Krejci
Sitting here awake at my computer at 4:00am, waiting for my experiment to finish so I can finally go home and pass out, I can’t think about much else other than sleep.
Sleep! Who needs it?
We all needs it. Even the Vancouver Canucks, who are in the midst of the NHL Stanley Cup finals, battling the Boston Bruins for the championship. To keep the men fresh even with crazy travel schedules, time zone changes, and exhausting games, the Canucks coach hired a sleep consulting firm called Fatigue Science.
During the regular season, the Canucks wore wristbands that collected data on how they were sleeping (light sleep or deep sleep, for example). From these measurements, Fatigue Science then comes up with recommendations for how and when the players should sleep, eat, travel, etc. It seems to have worked well for the Canucks, who have been dominating on the road this season and postseason, with strong third period showings — clearly fatigue hasn’t been too much of an issue.
Want your own sleep consultant? Try Lark, an “un-alarm” clock, sleep sensor, and sleep coach that works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (and soon will have an Android version). Wear the wristband at night, and it talks to the iPhone app to track your sleep patterns. The wristband vibrates gently when it’s time for you to get up (and there’s a musical backup if that fails to wake you up), and you’re greeted in the morning with data on how well you slept. Shell out a bit more dough to get a 7-day assessment and a “sleep coach” app.
Here’s a collection of sleep tips courtesy of Fatigue Science… how many of these are you following?