Sleep disorders affect everyone, but more studies are discovering links between women’s health and sleep that seem to suggest sleep deprivation may be worse for women than it is for men. Perhaps more worryingly, both pregnancy and menopause have been found to be linked with common sleep disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia, compounding the health risks for both. In order to help women through these physiological changes and with sleep health in general, a new app called Clementine has hit the market intended to cut stress and help women sleep. Is an app the answer to women’s sleep health?
Clementine was designed by Kim Palmer, a New Zealand native who wants to help other busy women maintain their best sleep and relaxation habits. Palmer found herself struggling with anxiety attacks and reduced performance at work during pregnancy, compounded by the sleep disruptions pregnancy was causing her. During that time she got the idea to partner with a software developer to design an app that could help relieve anxiety, reduce stress, and help her and other women like her get a good night’s sleep.
According to the app’s description in the iTunes store, Clementine isn’t New Age nonsense but is instead rooted in sound hypnotherapy principles:
Clementine is not a spiritual, hippie app – it’s clever, sharp and aesthetically on-point. It’s for the modern woman. It works. Clementine will help you to sleep better, feel calmer and be your best self. It includes a range of hypnotherapy sessions as well as the option for daily mantras to pop up on your phone, giving you an instant boost.
Palmer told Forbes that despite the common criticisms of hypnotherapy accusing it of being a pseudoscience, it’s actually “a science-based, effective method of changing thought processes.” Could apps like these hold the key to improving sleep health? Or, as I always am forced to ask when covering these kinds of stories, is less reliance on technology the cure to our contemporary sleep woes?