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System and method to restfully determine approximate time of night, without moving or looking at clock.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241819D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 90K

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Abstract

A system and method to restfully determine approximate time of night, without moving or looking at clock is disclosed.

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System and method to restfully determine approximate time of night, without moving or looking at clock.

Disclosed is a system and method to restfully determine approximate time of night,

without moving or looking at clock.

This disclosure addresses a problem that light sleepers may have returning to sleep. It provides a way to determine time in the night restfully, while being barely awake,

without risking motion, light, or other action that would cause the individual to more fully awaken, and thereby interfere with returning to sleep.

Sleep and waking are complex and vary between individuals and circumstances. While many people have trouble waking; there are many others who sleep lightly and face problems staying or returning to sleep.

When awaking or being awakened during the night, there are phases of alertness and awareness of wakefulness. There are certainly scientific terms for these, but for this disclosure they are classified as follows·

Asleep and unaware.

Aware of being asleep but unaware of circumstances.

Aware of awakening but only partially aware of circumstances (where, when, what).

Awake and aware of circumstances.

Awake and alert.

For some individuals who have trouble sleeping through the night, either due to stress, discomfort, or other interruptions, the stages of awareness and wakefulness become important to manage, so as to avoid becoming too alert and thus unable to return to sleep.

For example, an individual who is awakened by spousal restlessness moves to another room and bed to sleep. If the individual can navigate to the new bed without becoming too alert, they can settle back to sleep. Turning on lights or stopping for a drink may increase alertness to the point that returning to sleep is more difficult.

For individuals with some forms of insomnia, the fear of not being able to sleep can aggravate the struggle to return to sleep. It can be a vicious cycle: awakened, try to sleep, remembering that if the consequence of not enough sleep will be being tired. The worry causes alertness to increase to wide awareness. At this point it may be hard

to return to sleep for a long time.

Individuals in stressful life circumstances find sleep a gift which allows them to forget about a stress or a painful memory for a time. Such an individual may continue to drift in and out of sleep with low levels of awareness of circumstance, without remembering

their stress or painful memory. However, once awareness increases to the point of remembering the stress or painful memory, alertness may be too great and the full stress or painful memory returns and the individual may become fully awake and unable to return to sleep for a long time. Such an individual may prefer to stay as restful as possible to attempt to stay in a sleepful mode.

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