An app that helps teens get to sleep and a prosthetic hand controlled via smartphone. The most innovative stories from the world of wellness.

Each week with its partner with Boehringer Ingelheim bring you a snapshot of Five Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. This week innovations include an app that helps teens sleep and a prosthetic hand controlled via smartphone.

Games Before Bed WIll Help Kids Sleep Better Zeds is a free app developed by the British broadcaster Channel 4, in partnership with an Oxford University neuroscientist, which is designed to be a fun and entertaining method of helping teenagers 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. Players are directed to place their smartphone on the corner of their bed, where it can record sleep patterns and translate them into a platform game, in which a restless night’s sleep presents a tough challenge while deep sleep patterns are rewarded with an easier level, containing more power-ups. The 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.

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