Txt2Calm: a Pilot to Decrease Stress through Sleeping
Txt2Calm: a Pilot toDecrease Stressthrough SleepingFrank ChenStanford UniversityTxt2Calm: Insights a Sleep Study 1
2 Pilot study • 3 Day study to encourage sleep • 7/8 participants accepted invitation • Graduate students & 2 recent graduates in busy lives, sleep sometimes suffers. • Instructions include both carrot and stick “Studies have shown sleeping more drastically helps manage stress, mood, and weight-loss. I am trying to create better sleep for your schedule. 80% of Americans sleep much less than their bodies need and are in a constant state of sleep deprivation.Txt2Calm: Insights from a Sleep Intervention
3 Protocol • Participants placed calendar entry to remind themselves to sleep for Friday, Saturday, Sunday. • Calendar entry: “Go to bed!” Google Calendar lets you send text messages • Every morning at 9:45 AM I text message each individual to ask how many hours they slept. • I acknowledge accomplishments or improvements with message back: “Nice!” • “Each morning I hope you will be able to sleep longer than the previous night! Think of it as a game. :)”Txt2Calm: Insights a Sleep Study
4 Key insights Difficult to focus on results. Focus on awareness of sleeping patterns. “I did not go to bed immediately … I wasn’t ready to go to bed” [P5, short sleeper, who slept ~ 8 hours a night but did not feel positive or negative effects] “It allowed me to be somewhat routine about when I slept. [I forced myself to sleep before 1 AM]. Even before the alarm sounded I became aware that I needed to sleep” [P4, who slept slightly more and felt more rested] Reminder through SMS did not trigger the “slap-on- wrist” response. Participants placed this reminder themselves. Most included the exclamation mark in their calendar.Txt2Calm: Insights a Sleep Study
5 Find out more? Research : www.designmindfulness.com Twitter : @frankc Personal : www.frankc.netTxt2Calm: Insights a Sleep Study
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