How it started
My name is Julian Jagtenberg, one of the founders of Somnox. My story starts with my mother, who often felt tired, had little energy and a poor immune system
due to lack of sleep.
My mother tried all sorts of things to sleep better but nothing worked. After yet another disappointment, I took matters into my own hands.
With a background as an engineer at the Delft University of Technology, I started researching sleep. My mission: to help my mother sleep well again without the need for medication.
The first prototypes
After talking to sleep scientists, studying thousands of pages of literature and conducting several user studies, I came to an interesting insight: breathing and sleep have a lot in common. In fact, deep breathing calms your body & mind and leads to better sleep.
This principle is not new, since meditation and mindfulness are based on it. It also turned out that babies often unconsciously adopt their parents’ breathing; the so-called ‘mimicking’. What if we would be able to unconsciously influence our breathing to help our body relax and sleep better?
I gathered a team and developed the first prototypes of our Sleep Robot at the Delft University of Technology. The first versions didn’t help my mother at all… Too big, too heavy, too much noise. We almost gave up…
From idea to Somnox!
Until we finally found a way to make the Sleep Robot’s breathing so natural that my mother subconsciously adjusted to it. She started sleeping again! Not immediately whole nights, but it was a start!
This was the moment to improve our prototype even more. After a lot of research with other poor sleepers and a collaboration with Auping, we decided to release our patented invention. Somnox, a combination of sleep (‘Somno’) and night (‘nox’) in Latin, was born!
What once started as a solution for my mother’s sleep problems, has now grown into a Sleep Robot that helps thousands of people sleep better. That’s why we’re now on a mission to help even more people. Anyone should be able to experience the superpower of good sleep, right?
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The Dream Team
Founder | CEO
Founder | CTO
Wouter Kooyman Van Guldener
Founder | CFO
Founder | Lead Data
Gillis Wesselman van Helmond
Head of Research
Digital Marketing Lead
Customer Support Manager
Muriël van Oers
Embedded Software Engineer
Tom van Delft
Embedded Software Engineer
Product UX & Visual Designer
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Since 2016 Somnox has grown into an enthusiastic team with a mission: to make the superpower of sleeping naturally accessible to everyone.
We’re always looking for bright and talented people to join us on our mission. Sounds like you?