Shadow, Kickstarters’ newest app, helps users remember their dreams.
A glorified alarm clock
The new application created by Hunter Lee Soik and Jason Carvalho, is a sophisticated alarm clock that lets users remember more of what they are dreaming about. All the user has to do is to set the alarm in the app and it will wake them up in a gradual manner unlike most alarm clocks out in the market. After the user wakes up and deactivates the alarm, the app would then prompt him or her to record what he or she dreamt about via text or voice input.
The power of dreaming
Shadow assists in transitioning a sleeper’s hypnopompic state. It is the state in which people are not quite asleep and not quite awake yet. This phase in a person’s sleep cycle has been proven to play an important role in the capability of individuals to remember their dreams.
“We’re socialized to think of sleep as inactivity, but certain parts of our brain—the parts that handle things like problem solving and memory—are most active while we’re sleeping,” Soik said. “That’s a huge amount of potential data we’re forgetting each morning.”