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Japan Builds On ‘Sleep Tech’ To Fight Sleep Problems Like Insomnia

There are four categories of sleep tech in Japan: health care products, medical treatment, general sleep products, and finally digital products.

Japan Builds On ‘Sleep Tech’ To Fight Sleep Problems Like Insomnia

Increasing numbers of Japanese companies are aiming at “sleep tech” to assist people with different sleep problems like insomnia. Some companies are inspecting bedding and pajamas as legit factors for quality sleep while others are collating and analyzing data to get an idea of their sleep patterns.

The term “sleep tech” may conjure up images of different wearable devices like the Apple Watch, or Dreem, made in France. However, there are other ways to achieve better rest besides wearing sleep tech.

Japan Sleep Science Institute, located in Tokyo is run by Nishikawa, which is a bedding manufacturer. It has been researching sleep since 1984 and has factored in many conditions that promote restful sleep in people. This enabled the company to develop “AiR” mattresses that draw away pressure from the sleeper’s back and help them to maintain optimum posture.

Startups are also present in the sleep tech industry. Brain Sleep in Tokyo started selling a breathable pillow in 2020. This pillow assists the dissipation of body heat as soon as the person falls asleep, improving the quality of sleep.

There are four categories of sleep tech in Japan: health care products, medical treatment, general sleep products, and finally digital products. Looking into the general sleep product category, there are many players with interesting products. Yakult 1000 is a fermented drink enhancing sleep quality. Daikin Industries is hard at work to develop wakefulness through the use of air streams on the sleeper’s face.

Other interesting sleep tech products in sleep-deprived Japan include lighting from Kyocera, the Eolia Sleep Air Conditioner from Panasonic, and algorithm-equipped smartwatches that can tell if a person is awake from ACCELStars, and sleep improvement programs by e-commerce giant Rakuten Group.

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