Can an app actually help you relax?

Sept. 7, 2020

A third of America's population struggles to sleep through the night. For many of us, stress and anxiety play a big role in that. Some designers believe they can help us tackle these problems and calm our minds. The sleep-aid market is a multi-billion dollar industry, so it's no wonder companies are trying to design solutions for us. But can apps and gadgets designed to help us sleep, and keep us calm, really help? Or are they just a kind of digital snake oil?

In this episode: 

Wireframe producer Miriam Johnson talks to host Khoi Vinh about her own struggles with insomnia. 

Jon Delman is a Creative Director who just can't fall asleep. 

Iain McConchie, VP of Design at Headspace, talks to us about how Headspace is helping users calm down, manage stress, and sleep better. 

Ania Wysocka is a designer who made Rootd, an app for anxiety, after her own struggles with it. 

Lucas Guarneri is a designer working on sleep trackers at Withings. He believes sleep trackers can change a person's life. 

Dr. Kristyna Hartse, sleep doctor with the Sun City Sleep Center, is cautious when it comes to how much apps can really do for sleep disorders. 

Read the PDF transcript of this episode.

Wireframe reveals the stories behind user experience design and how it helps technology fit into our lives. It’s a podcast for UX/UI designers, graphic designers, and the design-curious. Hosted by Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

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