While it is often pretty usual for eccentric billionaires to do odd things, this one by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is pretty darn strange looking at it from face value.
According to a piece at Bloomberg, “Mark Zuckerberg said he built a glowing wooden box to help his wife Priscilla sleep better through the night without having to check her phone to see if it’s time to look over their children. The “sleep box” emits a very faint light between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. — when their daughters are expected to wake up. It doesn’t show the time as that would stress her and disrupt her sleep, the Facebook Inc. chief executive officer said in an Instagram post on Saturday.” This box is essentially just a downgraded alarm clock system outside of the traditional clock system we have on our phones or individual alarm clocks.
The article continues to point out that by trusting the box and putting her phone away, she has been able to achieve much better sleep and relaxation as a result. “So far this has worked better than I expected” Zuckerberg stated, continuing that “she can now sleep through the night” and “I’m putting this out there in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people!”
The need for a restful night’s sleep is something billions of people can use more of. In the United States alone however, we might be the most sleep deprived nation on the earth.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans can do far better to ensure a good and restful sleep. The biggest mistake most people make is confusing the amount of time spent in a sleep like state for actual restful sleeping, with the foundation saying “Americans report sleeping an average of 7 hours and 36 minutes a night; on average going to bed at 10:55 p.m. and waking at 6:38 a.m. on workdays, and sleeping roughly 40 minutes longer on non-workdays or weekends. Despite sleeping within the recommended number of hours a night, 35 percent of Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.”Twenty percent of Americans reported that they did not wake up feeling refreshed on any of the past seven days.”
It’s important to note that Mark Zuckerberg is not the first person to think of this. A company, sleepbox.com, is working on a project to offer Sleepboxes in every major airport and city. They also offer their InnerSpace™ modules for offices.