A new sleep training app designed to increase productivity in the workplace is set to drop this month.
Dayzz has been in the works since July 2017, when a group of scientists and tech entrepreneurs first came together to develop the sleep management solution. The goal? To improve workers’ quality of sleep while reducing healthcare costs for the employer.
According to Dayzz’s Head of Marketing and Strategy Gal Yankovitz, the app collects data from a variety of sources, (including sleep monitoring sensors and mobile behavior tools), and integrates it with an algorithm based on big-data analysis. Afterward, Dayzz matches users with a training plan tailored to their specific sleep issues, lifestyle, and individual goals.
“Its treatment is designed to fit a wide range of users dealing with sleep difficulties, or those wishing to improve their sleep experience,” Yankovitz explained to me over email.
Not Your Ordinary Sleep App?
The Dayzz team believes it’s filling a much-needed gap in the healthcare system by establishing a one-stop-shop for sleep improvement, where people can better understand how slumber impacts their lives. Yankovitz says that Dayzz starts with a sleep assessment to get to know a user’s specific habits and then categorizes a training plan within four domains: Days, Nights, Environment, and Mind.
The Days domain addresses behaviors during the day that have a potential to impact sleep, like exposure to natural light, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and nutrition. The Nights portion of the program looks at behaviors that impact our slumber while we’re in the thick of it, like sleep positions and schedule. The Environment section focuses on your sleep space, helping to optimize it in terms of light, temperature, and noise while you curl up on your mattress. Finally, the Mind component addresses psychological elements that can positively impact sleep, like practicing relaxation and meditation to relieve stress and anxiety.
Employers who use Dayzz will receive company-wide reports, which includes information about employees’ level of engagement with the app and overall data around the prevalence of various sleep issues, improvement of sleep and productivity within the organization, and reduction of costs. Employees’ individual sleep training data will remain anonymous; the team reiterated how they take careful actions to ensure the data collected is private and confidential.
Sleep Better While Saving Money
Dayzz is offering its product to employers in the U.S. not only to support their workers, but also to reduce economic and healthcare costs. The team firmly believes (as do many research scientists) that enhanced sleep can lead to an increase in productivity, fewer days off work, and decreased usage of healthcare.
“Companies have come to realize that employee health is essential for the success of the organization. They understand that poor sleep translates into poor performance,” Yankovitz asserted.
Insufficient sleep can lead to absenteeism, decreased productivity, and higher accident risk, which can result in a huge economic impact in the workplace. Recent statistics back this up, too. Annual insomnia cost in the U.S. (due to lost productivity, accidents, and healthcare utilization) is around $100 billion.
Yankovitz summarized this point:
Today, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 50-70 million adults in the US suffer from chronic sleep issues or wakefulness disorder. Dayzz can reduce these costs by providing effective, personalized sleep training plans combined with ongoing guidance by a sleep trainer.
Currently, Dayzz is running a clinical trial at a medical research institution in the U.S. to better support its claims. In conjunction with this sleep trial, the app will launch to the public this month.
App photo courtesy of Dayzz