menu

Games Before Bed Will Help Kids Sleep Better

Games Before Bed Will Help Kids Sleep Better
Advertising

Zeds makes sleep fun for youngsters with a quantified self-style mobile game.

John Pugh, BI
  • 12 may 2013

Bedtime is a battle that is waged in households the world over, with children always doing their best to squeeze a few more precious moments out of their respective days before closing their eyes. Despite a mix of empty threats and gentle cajoling, parents are generally at a loss about how to explain the importance of a good night’s sleep. Would a game constructed around this very idea with actual personal data to back it up help ease that burden?

Zeds is a free app by the British broadcaster Channel 4 Education which endeavors to do just that. Developed in partnership with an Oxford University neuroscientist, the game is designed to be a fun and entertaining method of helping kids get more sleep. The app records and analyses users’ sleep patterns and builds a game around them, which is intended to demonstrate how a lack of sleep can dull creativity, reduce energy levels and negatively impact young peoples’ social lives.

zeds-sleep-game-2

Players are directed to place their iPhone on the corner of their bed, allowing the app to record their sleep patterns and display the results in a graph the following morning. The recording is then translated into a platform game with levels of difficulty determined by a child’s actual sleep data; a restless night’s sleep ups the degree of difficulty while deep sleep patterns are rewarded with easier challenges, containing more power-ups. Each sleep recording creates a different “track” in the game, along which the game’s characters, the Zeds, run. In periods of restless sleep, the running environment becomes more volatile and fraught with danger.

zeds-3

Developer Chunk commissioned the Bafta-award winning animation team The Brothers McLeod to design the game, and collaborated with Professor Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University, who provides an in-game explanation of different sleep patterns. As professor Foster says:

Anything that increases the awareness of the importance of good sleep practices, especially for this age group is very important, and I’m very supportive of it…If you don’t sleep properly your ability to think creatively, to solve problems, your sense of humour – everything that makes us special human organisms – is lost. Sleep needs to be at the centre of our world.

zeds-4

The overall belief is that the smartphone, the source of sleeplessness for many teens, is the perfect vehicle for an educational game and can be used to discourage late-night gadget use and promote a full night’s rest. We have recently seen a few successful applications which turn to games in order to help users manage their health, such as the mySugr app designed to help diabetes patients stay on top of their treatment. As the gamification of tasks begins to play an increasingly large role in our everyday lives, developers may begin to tackle larger life objectives through the subject of gaming. Importantly, these applications also successfully transform the technology which we carry with us every day into fully functional and personalized health devices.

Zeds

PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a steady stream of inspiring news and ideas in the health and wellness space. Once each week, we will be posting an article on PSFK.com. If you would like to gain access to the full stream of content, please check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook page, where they are publishing a regular stream of inspiring and informative content.

Advertising
Trending

Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Arts & Culture
Mobile august 26, 2016

Get A Better Idea Of How You Are Wasting Your Time

The TouchTime app is trying to revolutionize personal task management by providing detailed insight on how to be more efficient

Culture august 26, 2016

London Telephone Box Repurposed As A Tiny Mobile Repair Shop

Tools and supplies to replace broken screens or damage are neatly stowed away in these micro-workrooms

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Design august 26, 2016

Conceptual Sportswear Created Out Of Futuristic Condom Material

A Dutch fashion designer is experimenting with new methods and fabrics to make high performance clothing

Fashion august 26, 2016

Fashionable Tassel Will Ensure You Never Lose Your Valuables Again

The device is fashion meets connected tech, that will help you keep track of your belongings at all times

Syndicated august 26, 2016

Would You Wear Wool Shoes To Save The Environment?

As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand

Sustainability august 26, 2016

Self-Healing Material Is Fashioned Out Of Squid Teeth

Penn State researchers have devised a new textile that uses organic proteins

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Search Engine Turns Your Own Drawings Into Photos

This image-matching software accepts hand-made sketches instead of keywords

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 24, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs august 25, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Illustrator Interprets The Experiences Of Blind Travelers

Artist Alby Letoy creates drawings of poignant travel memories for the visually impaired

Advertising august 26, 2016

Clickbait Titles Used For The Good Of Charity

An agency devised an unlikely campaign that uses clickbait as a positive force to drive awareness to nonprofit initiatives

Advertising august 26, 2016

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work august 26, 2016

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Design august 26, 2016

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia august 26, 2016

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising august 26, 2016

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

No search results found.