Win-Win Asleep: A Social Persuasion System that Alleviating Insomnias

Team Members

Yong-Xiang Chen, Meng-Chieh Yu, Ja-Lin Liou, Huan Wu, Jian-Wen Ding, Li-Xiang Chen, Li-Erh Chang


Insomnia is one of important disorders to personal health. It is important to identify medical and psychological causes before deciding on the treatment for insomnia. Attention to sleep hygiene is an important first line treatment strategy and should be tried before any pharmacological approach is considered. For rule out causes of insomnia and supporting sleep hygiene, we need a tool that convenient and accurate recording personal lifestyle.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach for treating insomnia, and practice relaxation regularly is an important part of CBT. However, it is hard to keep persistent practice relaxation during daily life.
In order to help people sustain the mentioned recording and practicing tasks, this project purpose a social persuasion system Win-Win Asleep (WWAS) for alleviating insomnia, which integrates electronic sleep diary and social persuasion functionalities, and users can persuade each other by using their smart phones.
Besides manual inputs, the sensors on smart phone helps for automatically detecting the progress of exercises and relaxation then upload the data into cloud-based servers so the users who need be persuaded were being recognized.
For recording sleep condition of user, asking users to wear on-body sensors is general approach, but this method usually comes with high-burden to users. In this study, a depth image-based sensing method was developed to monitor user’s sleep conditions using a depth camera. The system can automatically detect user’s head and torso positions, and then the breathing rate, sleep positions (supine and side lying), and body movement could be monitored.
We implement the WWAS and design experiments that invite users to test the WWAS, then we analyze the log data to get the evidence about whether the WWAS is benefit to insomnia patients.