Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has invented a ‘sleep box’ to solve the problem of his wife, Priscilla Chan’s sleepless nights.
According to Zuckerberg, his wife found it difficult to sleep as she would wake up to see if it was time to get the kids ready and if it wasn’t, she would be unable to sleep afterwards.
The engineer decided to design a device which he calls a ‘sleep box’ that emits a gentle light when its time for his wife to wake up but not enough light to hinder her sleep.
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Being a mom is hard, and since we’ve had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night. She’ll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep. So I worked on building her what I call the “sleep box”. It sits on her nightstand, and between the hours of 6-7am it emits a very faint light — visible enough that if she sees it she’ll know it’s an okay time for one of us to get the kids, but faint enough that the light won’t wake her up if she’s still sleeping. And since it doesn’t show the time, if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she knows to just go back to sleep without having to worry about what time it is. So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night. As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude. A bunch of my friends have told me they’d want something like this, so I’m putting this out there in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people!