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Mark Zuckerberg Invents A “Sleep Box” To Help Wife Sleep Better

It’s barely the end of April but the 2019 Husband of the Year award has already been claimed by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Since the birth of their two children, Mark had began to notice that is his wife, Priscilla Chan, was having difficulty remaining asleep through the sleep.

“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 in order to help Priscilla get more sleep, Zuckerberg used his technological know-how and developed a “sleep box.”

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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!

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The box sits on Chan’s nightstand and will emit a very dim light between 6AM and 7AM to let her know if it’s time to get up. If the box is not lit, she’ll know that it’s OK to fall back asleep. Eliminating the need to check her phone.

Now, all Mark needs to do is mass produce the box and there’ll be a lot more happy dads and well-rested moms in the world.

Read the full story at CNN.com


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