For parents of young children, sleeping through the night can seem like just an unattainable dream. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg’s wife has been having trouble staying asleep the entire night because she kept waking up to check the time on her phone, but he says he came up with a solution. He built a glowing “sleep box” to enable her to know when it’s time to get up to take care of their toddlers.
How Mark Zuckerberg’s glowing sleep box works
He posted details about his sleep box and a photo of it on Instagram. A very faint glow emits from the box between 6 and 7 a.m. His wife Priscilla Chan can open her eyes briefly to see if the light is on. If it’s not, then she can go back to sleep, but if it is, then she knows their children will be waking up soon. Apparently, seeing what time it is also keeps her awake because she’s concerned about oversleeping. The light emitted by the box is just bright enough to see if she wakes up but not bright enough to actually wake her up if she’s sleeping.
It seems like Zuckerberg must not have any plans to build the box and sell it on his own. He said he shared his idea in case anyone else wanted to pick up the idea and run with it. It’s anyone’s guess whether a product like this would catch on, but given that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are concerned to be a very trendy couple, it seems like this glowing sleep box could end up becoming a fad simply because of their popularity.
Here’s Zuckerberg’s Instagram post about the glowing sleep box: