The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) named Embr Labs and Pocket Kado as winners of the 2023 SleepTech Award.

NSF’s SleepTech Award recognizes the year’s most innovative efforts in advancing sleep technology and is a feature of NSF’s work to encourage and celebrate efforts by which sleep science and insight are rapidly incorporated into accessible health products and services.

The SleepTech Award is given in two categories: Sleep Health and Wellness, which includes products and services consumers can use as part of their daily routine for sleep and health; and Sleep Disorders and Conditions, which includes solutions that seek to improve the patient experience for diagnosis and treatment.

Embr Labs’ Ember Wave is the winner in the Sleep Health and Wellness category. As described by Embr Labs, the Ember Wave wrist-worn device delivers soothing cool or warm waves of temperature to the inside of the wrist to help users drift off to sleep, diminish nighttime bursts of warmth or night sweats that can disrupt sleep and prevent returning to sleep, and help keep users from waking throughout the night.

Pocket Kado, the winner in the Sleep Disorders and Conditions category, describes its product as the world’s first science-backed virtual pet game to help users sleep. Through gameplay, users can develop their sleep hygiene and maintain routines that align with their circadian rhythm, which also may help users live well with insomnia, including if they have completed cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

“We congratulate Embr Labs and Pocket Kado for winning our 2023 SleepTech Award. Both organizations have innovative approaches that draw from sleep science and insight, offering the potential to help people get the quality sleep they need,” says John Lopos, National Sleep Foundation CEO, in a release.

NSF acknowledged three SleepTech Award finalists in each category: Lumos, Oxa, and Ozlo in the Sleep Health and Wellness Category and breathesimple, NextSense, and SleepImage in the Sleep Disorders and Conditions category.

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