The science of sleep

Discover our research on our products, sleep and on the power of breathing.

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Science is the backbone of Somnox

Our unique Breathe & Sleep Robot was born from hours and hours of reading scientific literature and talking to experts. All with one goal in mind: finding a natural solution to sleeplessness. Our key finding: breathing is a true superpower!

Breathing, your body’s built-in stress reliever

Breathing is the only way we are able to consciously influence our nervous system. Intentionally altering your breathing rate may have many positive effects throughout the entire body. Studies have shown that breath practices can, among other things, reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia. And this is exactly what our Breathe & Sleep Robot helps you with.

  • Russo, MA., Santarelli, DM. & O’Rourke, D. The physiological effects of slow breathing in the healthy human. Breathe (2017)

  • Naik, GS., Gaur, GS. & Pal, GK. Effect of Modified Slow Breathing Exercise on Perceived Stress and Basal Cardiovascular Parameters. Int. J. Yoga (2018)

  • Pal, G. & Velkumary, S. Effect of short-term practice of breathing exercises on autonomic functions in normal human volunteers. Indian J. Med. Res. (2004)

Calm breathing, calm mind

Slowing down your breathing calms your mind and lowers your heart rate. It is a proven technique for reducing stress and anxious feelings, making it easier to unwind. Just a few minutes a day of conscious breathing can do wonders for your mood and stress levels. Renowned institutions such as the NHS and Harvard Medical School recommend breathing exercises as an effective way to relieve stress. So return to your breath at any time of the day or night when you need to relax.

  • Perciavalle, V. et al. The role of deep breathing on stress. Neurol. Sci. (2017)

  • Goldstein, M., Lewin, R. & Allen, J. Improvements in well-being and cardiac metrics of stress following a yogic breathing workshop: Randomized controlled trial with active comparison. J. Am. Coll. Health (2020)

  • Ma, X. et al. The Effect of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Attention, Negative Affect and Stress in Healthy Adults. Front Psychol. (2017)

  • Steffen, PR. et al. The Impact of Resonance Frequency Breathing on Measures of Heart Rate Variability, Blood Pressure, and Mood. Front. Public Heal. (2017)

Stop those racing thoughts

Stress is the biggest obstacle to a good night’s sleep. By doing gentle breathing exercises 20 minutes before bedtime, you fall asleep faster, wake up less often and improve your overall sleep quality. Our Breathe & Sleep Robot will accompany you to calm your breathing and be your guide to a better night’s sleep.

  • Tsai, HJ. et al. Efficacy of paced breathing for insomnia: Enhances vagal activity and improves sleep quality. Psychophysiology (2015)
  • Laborde, S. et al. Influence of a 30-Day Slow-Paced Breathing Intervention Compared to Social Media Use on Subjective Sleep Quality and Cardiac Vagal Activity. J. Clin. Med. (2019)
  • Jerath, R., Beveridge, C., & Barnes, V. Self-regulation of breathing as an adjunctive treatment of insomnia. Front. Psychiatry (2018)
  • Kuula, L. et al. The Effects of Presleep Slow Breathing and Music Listening on Polysomnographic Sleep Measures – a pilot trial. Sci. Rep. (2020)

Recommended by experts

We work closely together with scientists and experts in the field of sleep. Meet some of them below.

“The key feature of the product is to guide the breathing of the sleeper. Somnox makes use of principles that have been shown to be beneficial to sleep.”

Roy Raymann

PhD. Sleep Scientist | Sleep Expert , SleepScore Labs

“Somnox can help those struggling to sleep learn how relaxation, mindfulness, and controlled breathing can help set the stage.”

Dr. W. Chris Winter

Sleep Researcher | Neurologist

Become a partner

It’s our mission to help 100 million people sleep better by 2030. Would you like to help us achieve this ambitious goal? Please contact us – we’re always happy to welcome new partners!

Contact information

Nadine Rouleaux

Head of Research

[email protected]

010 899 4105

Helping 100 million people sleep better by 2030