Okay answer this question. What do you do when you are an Engineer and your wife is not sleeping well at night because of your children? Well, if you are Mark Zuckerberg, you will build a “sleep box” for your wife.
Recently, the Facebook founder has turned his sights to combine his love for his wife, Priscilla Chan, with his love for engineering. In a new Instagram post which you can find below, he announced a wooden “sleep box” that he built for his wife to help her know when best to monitor the sleep of their children. He also states the box has been helping his wife sleep more.
The “sleep box” lets Chan know when it’s time to get up so that she doesn’t have to worry too much.
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Being a mom is hard, and since we've had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night. She'll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can't fall back asleep. So I worked on building her what I call the "sleep box". It sits on her nightstand, and between the hours of 6-7am it emits a very faint light — visible enough that if she sees it she'll know it's an okay time for one of us to get the kids, but faint enough that the light won't wake her up if she's still sleeping. And since it doesn't show the time, if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she knows to just go back to sleep without having to worry about what time it is. So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night. As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude. A bunch of my friends have told me they'd want something like this, so I'm putting this out there in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people!
The “sleep box” is stationed on her nightstand and emits a soft glow between 6 and 7 a.m. — the time their daughters Maxima and August usually wake up. The light is faint enough that it won’t wake Chan, but visible enough to alert her to the time if she’s awake, so she’ll know one of them should go and check on the kids.
Zuckerberg adds that “So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night”.
He further stated that “as an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude.”
More importantly, he mentioned that some of his friends have shown some interest in sleeping boxes; which is why he is making the idea open to the public for anyone interested to pursue the commercial aspect of creating sleeping boxes. In an earlier post, we wrote about Mark’s new podcast on Technology and Society so check that out too!