Heaven 17 helps Sheffield inventor beat insomnia with hi-tech product

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A Sheffield inventor is launching a hi-tech product with the help of Heaven 17 star Martyn Ware to combat sleep deprivation.

Richard Mills has developed the ‘SleepCogni’ after suffering years of insomnia.

The device, which features a hoop on an arm over the bed, produces sounds and light patterns designed to send people to sleep. It also monitors heart rate, mental alertness, skin temperature and movement.

Richard, who lives in Oughtibridge, said: “I became convinced it wasn’t just the hour before bed that explained why I couldn’t fall asleep, it was the whole modern lifestyle. SleepCogni has proved successful in clinical trials and is endorsed by those who have seen it in action.”

Martyn Ware developed the sound element of SleepCogni, while Sheffield Hallam University ran clinical trials which show 50 per cent of insomniacs reported better quality sleep while 40 per cent slept longer.

Richard also has the backing of international sleep expert and founder of the London Sleep Centre Dr Irshaad Ebrahim - who said he gave SleepCogni his backing “within minutes.”

It is Richard’s second invention after launching the Sheffield Business Award winning Swellaway, a hi-tech device that combats swelling, backed by England captain Wayne Rooney.

He added: “SleepCogni actually desensitizes the user through a mathematical sequence of sound and light patterns that use the opposite wavelengths to those that normally stimulate you. NASA has recently used the same LED technology on the international space station, which helps astronauts differentiate between day and night.

“It monitors the body and – unlike any other device on the market – interacts with it, to produce a programme of audio, visual and tactile cues to induce sleep. SleepCogni also works as a training programme, which means it becomes more effective the more it’s used.

It will be launched on crowdfund site Kickstarter this Monday, November 9. The first 850 will get it for £96 and have it delivered in May 2016. It will go on general sale in August.