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A method to optimise sleep for parents and babies based on intelligent nocturnal feeding cycles Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243292D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

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Using sleep monitoring technology on parents and babies to identify the best times throughout the night to feed the infant whilst allowing both parties to have the least interrupted sleep.

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A method to optimise sleep for parents and babies based on intelligent nocturnal feeding cycles

New parents have to get up multiple times in the night to feed their babies; this is very disruptive for everyone concerned. Interrupted sleep can be very destructive for adults. Typically babies wake up every couple of hours; after waking there is a period of around 6 minutes before the baby will cry to be fed. This is disadvantageous for the baby as when they cry and get upset it is harder for them to settle down again between feeds. Additionally it is known that people sleep in cycles and that depending where you are in your sleep cycle the effect of being woken can be improved or worsened.

    A system is disclosed to monitor parent and babies sleep that compares the sleep cycles throughout the night and wakes the parent using an alarm at optimal points through the night. This will mean choosing times based on actual sleep cycle and disrupting the parents sleep as little as possible, as well as ensuring the baby is fed at a time that is optimal in their sleep cycle.

    This system can be implemented using an under mattress sensor mat/pad that determines the baby's sleep cycle pattern and transmits this wirelessly to a mobile application on the parent's phone. The parent's sleep cycle is also sent to the phone using a device such as a sleep tracking bracelet or the mobile device itself. The application will then compare the sleep cycle states and calculate when to sound the alarm to go and feed the baby. The application can be programmed to specify the number of feeds and use the number of feeds to disperse as evenly as possible the alarms throughout the night. For example: If there are two feeds needed and the baby went to sleep at 6pm, and programmed or using historical data knows the baby wakes for the day at 6am, then the baby will need a first feed between 9:30pm and 10:30pm. Assessing the data, and monitoring the peaks and troughs in sleep patterns would set off an alarm at the soonest time (when both are awake or in lightest sleep). Background information about sleep cycles in adults and infants:

    A normal adult will fall into deepest sleep within an hour of falling asleep and then gradually come back to a near awake state after 2 hours. Then they will drop back into deep sleep but come back to shallow sl...