This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
For those who like to quickly check Facebook or catch a short Netflix episode on their tablet before they go to bed, doctors have some bad news — it’s messing with your sleep. Devices emitting blue light affect levels of melatonin, a key ingredient for a good night’s rest. Add in jetlag from business trips and constant city noise and that’s a lot of consumers yearning to doze off peacefully. Hoping to provide a solution is Sprayable Sleep, a skin spray that claims to send users into a slumber within an hour, without the side effects of typical sleeping pills.
If the name sounds familiar, it may be because we’ve already written about Sprayable Energy, a product that performs the reverse task of giving users a caffeine boost with a couple of squirts. It’s the same team — San Francisco-based Sprayable — behind the new product, which aims to make it easier and healthier to fall asleep on demand.
The product only has 3 ingredients — water, tyrosine (a natural amino acid), and melatonin. According to the company, melatonin pills can deliver an instant hit of the sleep-inducing chemical to the body, with the sometimes unwanted side effect of essentially being knocked out for several hours. Sprayable Sleep differs in its delivery method — by rubbing the spray into the skin, the body absorbs the chemical more slowly, mimicking the body’s naturally gradual release. Because of this, users need to spray about an hour before they intend to sleep. The company recommends 1 spray for a nap, 2 for a decent night’s sleep and 3 for a long-haul flight.
Watch the video below for more details about how it works:
Sprayable Sleep is available to pre-order from USD 15 a bottle through a current Indiegogo campaign, which ends on 1 March. As consumers seek ever more control over their productivity, could this easy, quick and organic application of drugs become more popular?