PTSD SleepAid

Business / Non-Profit Category

By Intelligent Automation, Inc. with University of Central Florida

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Description: Participants can play the Restful Journey game, which provides information about healthy sleep behaviors in two quiz games: Healthy Habits and Sleep Scrutiny. They earn energy points by playing these two games, which allows their ship to make progress toward its goal of arriving home. The game is designed to take up to 30 days to complete the journey. Players also earn energy points and achievements from their daily check-in either by starting a new behavior or by reaching one of the defined streaks. Progress in the Restful Journey game creates motivation for the user to check in daily; achievements motivate users to practice good sleep behaviors over the long-term.

Skills and Ideas Taught: These sleep behaviors are taught in the quiz games and encouraged via achievements:

  • Regular daily exercise
  • Napping for a half hour or less
  • Exercising at least 3 hours before bed
  • Having caffeine at least 4 hours before bed
  • Drinking alcohol at least 3 hours before bed
  • Eating the last meal at least 3 hours before bed
  • Doing proper activities in bed• Good light exposure in bed
  • Room temperature set to 63-66 F for sleep
  • Getting between 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Having consistent sleep and wake times each day

Goal or Challenge: The goal of the overall app is improve sleep behaviors. There are specific goals in the game: (1) to learn sleep behaviors, and (2) earn enough energy through check-in and the quiz games for your ship to travel all the way home.

Primary Audience: Generally adults, though it might be appropriate for high school or college students, and in particular soldiers with PTSD and sleep problems, or just sleep problems.

Assessment Approach: Through the two quiz games, daily check-in, and sensor readings, energy points and achievements measure (more accurately, reflect) a player’s good sleep behavior.

Game Engine: Unity

Operating System: Android 8

Platform: Android

Special Hardware: Light and Activity Sensors