Hibermate

Take control of your sleep with fewer interruptions.

New Hibermate version production update (and some background)

Posted by Chris Thomas on November 18, 2014. 1 Comment

I've been very lucky this year.

Late last year my wife accepted a new role with a large Australian telecommunications company in Hong Kong. After nearly 8 years, I resigned from my full time day job as the General Manager of a digital search agency in Melbourne, Australia.

We packed up the house, the kids and ourselves and relocated to one of the most amazing cities in the world.

 

The best thing about being here in Hong Kong as a "trailing spouse" meant that for the first time, for as long as I can remember, I actually had enough quality time on my hands to focus solely on 2 things, 1. my family 2. my own business, and by extension, the product itself, doing my utmost to make it better.

The other great thing was that while most of the Hibermate components were manufactured...

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Hibermate product improvements coming soon... Better sound blocking, more comfort.

Posted by Chris Thomas on September 01, 2014. 1 Comment

When you're designing and building a new product from scratch, you hit some bumps along the way...

Shortly after we had completed manufacturing the new Hibermate in November 2013 and started sending them out to thousands of expectant Kickstarter backers the feedback came flying in thick and fast. In the first 24 - 48 hours the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. But soon afterwards much of the feedback turned really negative and the negativity began to feed on itself. It made for pretty tough reading.

Kickstarter backers can be pretty harsh! It's a wonderful platform, but it's also a double edged sword. If you try and kickstart your idea and you fail to meet some people's expectations, they'll come after you with a vengence.

I think many backers forget, Kickstarter is not Amazon.

Personally I didn't handle it well at all, I'd worked very hard to bring a brand new product to market and, if you've ever...

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Sleep Wearables, Sleep Trackers and Monitors

Posted by Chris Thomas on June 17, 2014. 0 Comments

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The wearable craze show no sign of slowing down. In fact it may be just the beginning. Sales of activity tracking 'wearables' are tipped to exceed $US1.5 Billion this year according Kevin Tillmann, senior research analyst for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA); this is up 35% on last year.

Looking at Google trends, I'd say it might have a bit further to run:

 

sleep wearables google trends

 

And of course, when it comes to sleep there are no shortage of gadgets and sleep wearables designed to help you record and understand your sleeping patterns every night of the week.

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Why do we sleep? Theories abound, but this one from the New York Times might explain...

Posted by Chris Thomas on March 17, 2014. 0 Comments

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It's an age-old question, why do we sleep? It is an odd phenomenon, especially when you consider how vulnerable we are when we're sleeping. From an evolutionary perspective it doesn't really make a lot of sense! There have been countless theories over the years as to why we sleep. However, several news outlets have recently reported a new 'sleep theory' which concludes that we sleep simply to allow the brain to cleanse itself of toxins built up from a day of activity (thinking!).

Just like our bodies' Lymphatic System cleans waste from the by-products of exercise, the theory is that the brain also cleans itself during sleep, so we wake up with a clear head ready for normal waking activity.

What scientists have discovered is that the fluid-filled spaces between brain-cells swell from about 5% during awake...

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Interesting facts about sleep!

Posted by Chris Thomas on November 24, 2013. 0 Comments

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We like sleep. A lot. and we do a lot of research about sleep.

 

Here's one of the best compilations of interesting facts about sleep we've stumbled across...

 

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleep/facts.htm

  • The average human will spend 1/3 or their life sleeping, which equates to about 20 - 25 years over 75 Year life span
  • The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
  • It's impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
  • Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes,...
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