High-Fidelity Sensing of the Sleep Environment in the Homes of Older Adults

Craig Zimring, Elizabeth Mynatt, David Anderson
Nicolas Shu

Although it is well-established that the environment (e.g., sound, light, temperature) can be a significant contributor to sleep disruption, few technologies have been designed to capture the environmental factors that affect sleep. We developed a low-cost and robust sensor designed to collect highly accurate environmental light and sound data in a natural home environment at fine temporal resolution. We deploy these sensors in the bedrooms of older adults for an extended period to comprehensively describe the sleep environment and to uncover the metrics most salient for sleep disruption.

Jennifer DuBose
Craig Zimring, Leandro Tonetto, Elahn Little
Raha Restagar, Clayton Feustel, Tanmay Naik, Yasaman Gholami, Harshika Seth, Sofia Lomeli, Andrea Green, Anna Andani, Catherine Foss, Kareen Yeung, Daniel Park, Cancan Wang, Mili Parikh

We evaluate existing research, conduct our own research, test proposed solutions in simulated medical environments, and translate those solutions for broad applications. We develop tools, data sets, and evidence that influence building design, health information technology, and healthcare products.

Working with architects, engineers, medical personnel, and others, we help find ideas for spaces and environments that are easier to navigate, safer for providers, more comfortable for patients and more collaborative for providers.

Our current research is focused on Design for Mild Cognitive Impairment, Infection Prevention and Safety, Lighting in Healthcare Spaces, and Teamwork in Primary Care.