Inspiration

Sleep is one of the most neglected areas of our physical and mental health. Chronic lack of sleep can increase susceptibility to numerous diseases, and lead to increased anxiety, worsening mood and depression. [1]

We created a survey to understand common behaviors before going to sleep. Most responses included using one’s phone to do various activities immediately before bed. We believed this would be an opportunity to positively disrupt sleep behavior through a mobile application.

What it does

That’s why we’ve designed Sleep Circle. Sleep Circle is an application for users to —Set a daily sleep goal —Record their sleep data —Track and visually understand their sleep metrics over time —And share this data with a select group of family or friends to help users stay accountable to their goals

Competitive analysis and feature comparison:

The current landscape of sleep apps focuses on automatically tracking sleep and smart alarms.

None of these competitors currently feature a social element to encourage group accountability. Only one of the top three sleep apps features a stated “daily goal” for sleep.

Mechanisms for behavioral change:

Dr. Robert Cialdini’s work on the psychology of influencing behavior describes two of the six most powerful mechanisms for creating behavioral change as:

—Consistency with a person’s publicly stated goal —Social pressure from peers [2]

Our application focuses on creating a close-knit community of accountability partners around users to help them achieve their stated goal.

How I built it

We started with Sketch prototypes, and began working on the framework using typescript and Firebase.

Challenges I ran into

We were unable to complete development of a working code prototype in our given timeframe. Our team was passionate about mental health, but had varying levels of experience with programming, leading to roadblocks in development.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Our team started as a group of strangers, mostly brand new to hackathons and had varying levels of programming experience. However, within one short day, we met, discussed a variety of ideas for positively impacting mental health, set an ambitious target for what we wanted to achieve in the allotted time, and rallied behind this cause to push our boundaries and bonded along the way.

I'm proud of how close-knit our team feels, and the product presentation we were able to create.

What I learned

What's next for Sleep Circle

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