Anxiety, stress and worrying about the coronavirus keeps many people from sleeping well these days. But even without the virus, about 22 % of Dutch people aged 12 years and older find it difficult to get to sleep or sleep throughout the night. Approximately 8 % of Dutch people suffer from chronic sleep deprivation (sleeping badly for three days or more each week for at least three consecutive weeks). Worldwide this figure is between 10 and 20%. All those sleepless nights can cause irritability, depression and other health problems. In order to prevent these conditions and to help people get a good night’s sleep without medication, four students from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) came up with Somnox, a sleep robot that helps people sleep. IO spoke with Julian Jagtenberg, one of the founders.
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