April 2, 2020

FIVE FROM FINLAND: Solutions for better sleep

Sleep easy with Finnish innovation.
Julia Bushueva

If you’re looking for some novel ways to optimise your sleep and to ensure a good night’s rest for the whole family, these Finnish companies have got you covered.

In these anxious times of COVID-19, taking control of sleep is becoming more important than ever before. Healthy and sufficient sleep is known to be beneficial for the immune system and helps to fully recharge overnight and stay refreshed and stress-resistant during the day.

Sleep tight with these five Finnish innovations!

Oura Health

Among the growing number of gadgets and apps developed to measure and evaluate sleep, the smart ring designed by this Oulu-headquartered healthtech company surely stands out for its top-notch technology and sleek design.

Oura is relentlessly educating consumers on why sleep matters and is planning use its latest funding injection to further facilitate the product development, hire new talent and increase academic collaborations. The latest example of that is a partnership with the University of California, San Francisco that seeks to determine if Oura smart rings can be used for early detection of the COVID-19 virus.

“Sleep is currently one of the most sought-after pieces of the health puzzle,” underlined CEO Harpreet Singh Rai. “Improving your sleep is the first step in spurring better habits and ultimately preventing avoidable health issues.”

QuietOn

On a mission to boost people’s wellbeing, this Oulu-based technology company has designed state-of-the-art active noise cancelling earplugs that come in handy whenever you deal with annoying environmental noises – be it on a plane, at the dentist or in your own bed.

Sleeping in silence seems like an impossible dream for those who are easily disturbed by snoring or ambient noises coming through the walls. QuietOn Sleep earplugs are optimised for sleeping on a pillow and their noise cancelling capabilities designed for snoring frequencies.

The tiny yet effective snoring killer has proved to be highly sought after in global markets, as quiet and relaxing nights are always on demand.

“Our feedback has been magical,” rejoiced co-founder Janne Kyllönen. “The product has the potential to change people’s lives. Its ability to minimise the irritation caused by snoring has already saved some marriages.”

Emfit

With its profound expertise in sleep sensing technology, this innovative company offers a contactless solution for sleep and recovery measurement. The solution is simply slid under your mattress, no matter how thick it is.

“Using it is easy: you place the sensor crosswise under your mattress, under the area where your heart is whilst sleeping,” explained CEO Heikki Räisänen. “The sensor registers things such as your breathing, heart rate and even heart-rate variability in real time, as well as your movements in bed.”

In addition to health-minded consumers, Emfit targets athletes and other sports professionals who can benefit from its contact-free solution and highly detailed sleep and recovery analysis.

LullaMe

The age-old problem of lack of sleep is well familiar to almost all new parents and their restless babies. Hanna Sissala, an entrepreneur and a mother of two from Helsinki, has fixed it with her life-changing invention: a self-rocking mattress.

LullaMe Solina is the first baby mattress with an in-built, automatic mechanism that gently rocks the baby to sleep for both naps and at night. Thanks to this award-winning product, babies can learn the skill of falling asleep while their parents enjoy a much-needed break.

Made using a safe breathable mesh fabric and installed at the bottom of a baby cot in place of a standard mattress, LullaMe Solina is a risk-free solution. For parents’ convenience, the rocking movement can be controlled with a mobile phone or a remote controller.

“You can see a mother has been involved in the design. There have not been any compromises,” Sissala told us in 2016, when her startup was known under the name of Familings.

Light Cognitive

Being exposed to natural light throughout the day is a great way to improve your overall health, especially because it encourages consistent sleep-wake cycles. Light affects not only our mood, but also our wellbeing and productivity. Our energy levels rise together with the sun, and the warm light hues in the evening signal our brains to rest. This Helsinki-based innovator has designed a unique indoor lighting solution, called Big Sky, that recreates the feeling of being next to a big window or under a clear sky by changing throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset.

“Our product is a vast light field that simulates the light of the sky,” explained founder Sami Salomaa. “From a physics perspective, we have aimed to create light spectra similar to the horizon and colour transitions that are similar to those in nature. They happen in the right order and with the right intensity.”

The benefits of the smart lighting solution have been recognised far beyond Finland. Big Sky has been installed in London, Paris and Geneva across a range of facilities including hospitals, private homes, classrooms, restaurants, hotels and workspaces.

Text: Zhanna Koiviola

Originally published in November 2019

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