Careless, stressed, overworked, overly connected… for decades, we’ve put our days before our nights. This is a real physiological aberration, since bad sleep damages our performance, well-being, and worse, our overall health. It is partly responsible for the prevalence of cardiovascular, mental, and neurodegenerative diseases. And it costs us nearly 1 trillion euros each year. Sleeping is not a luxury, it's one of our most basic needs, like eating, drinking, or breathing.
Unfortunately, existing sleep solutions are ineffective. When they’re not completely ineffective, they’re chemically invasive and harmful to our health. And even then, they’re only a short-term, superficial solution.
Yet we believe that 80% of sleep problems are solvable with techniques that are both non-invasive and effective. Sleep science is a vast field of exploration: biofeedback, behavioral therapy, cognitive training, non-invasive brain stimulation… these techniques are effective and safe, but were historically reserved for research laboratories.
Our core mission at Dreem is to make these techniques available to everyone, every day, thanks to the development of advanced technologies. The Dreem headband is the result of over three years of research and development in various scientific and technological fields. For the first time, a device can monitor, analyze, and allow for the precise understanding of brain activity, from home. It is also able to modulate brain activity through non-invasive, personalized, and effective techniques that concretely improve sleep.
Dreem's adventure is not just a technological quest; it’s also a scientific challenge. We collaborate with the best hospitals and sleep research laboratories and are constantly developing new partnerships to explore sleep even further. This effort must be global, and fundamental research on sleep is one of the keys to the success of our project.
We’re also convinced that a more agile, affordable, and ambitious type of sleep research is needed. This is one of the great opportunities that Dreem presents, thanks to the democratization of neurotechnologies. That’s the motivation behind our Adventurers Program. As the first decentralized platform for sleep research, this program allows every Dreem user to contribute to research, if they so choose, simply by using their headband.
We dream of a world where sleep is no longer seen as a constraint, but as a catalyst. A world where it would be recognized for what it is: the time when the body and the brain regenerate, strengthen, and develop. This ambitious challenge drives us on a daily basis. Sleep is the collateral victim of our lifestyles. Doctors, researchers, sleepers: join our quest for better nights. Let’s build the future of sleep together.
Traditional clinical research helps us understand sleep's fundamental mechanisms. But the impracticality and the cost of the equipment used make it unfeasible for large-scale experiments, conducted in real sleeping conditions. However, to develop a solution that concretely improves the sleep of all, it is essential to imagine, develop and test different approaches, easily, iteratively, and widely.
That's why we created the Adventurers Program. It allows us to swiftly involve a large number of Dreem users in diverse study protocols. We explore, measure, and develop various hypotheses at once, on a large scale, under real conditions, while being able to easily correct and reorient our work if necessary.
The scope of the Adventurers Program also allows us to identify and consider the smallest individual variations. It’s this level of personalization that separates a theoretical discovery from a practical and effective solution.
With this new, inclusive, and iterative approach, we believe we can drive sleep research forward dramatically, in tandem with traditional research laboratories.
The Adventurers Program is open to all Dreem users. By testing of new techniques, collecting specific measurements and sharing honest feedback, the Adventurers Program allows you to contribute to the future of sleep science.
Understanding and improving sleep is one of the most important technological, scientific, and societal undertakings of our time. Sleeping well is not a luxury; it's an absolute necessity. Unsatisfactory solutions and a lack of understanding have caused us to sacrifice our sleep for too long. It's time to act; it’s our mission.
Our funding dates
Jan Born, a neuroscience researcher at Germany’s Tübingen University, proved that using sound stimulation at specific moments during deep sleep can significantly influence the rhythm of brain slow waves, and thus improve the quality of deep sleep. This promising discovery was the impetus for creating Rythm, our company.
Hugo Mercier and Quentin Soulet de Brugière launched Rythm. They surrounded themselves with ambitious and talented engineers and built a world-class team. They started researching and developing major tech innovations to apply the original scientific concepts. During this process, we filed no fewer than twenty patents.
After two years and 12 million euros in funds raised, the Dreem team grew to over 50 people. In 2016, we launch a beta version of our Dreem headband. We picked 500 beta-testers out of nearly 10,000 applicants from France, the United States, and the United Kingdom to participate in our "Dreem First" program. Within six months, we collected user data for more than 45,000 nights spent using Dreem.
We partnered with Paris's Hôtel Dieu hospital to conduct independent clinical trials on the Dreem headband. We proved its ability to track sleep with unprecedented accuracy and efficiently stimulate brain activity during the deep sleep stage. This was a major milestone: we managed to replicate the original scientific discovery outside the lab, simply using Dreem.
One year after the beta test, we officially introduced the Dreem headband to the general public and opened pre-orders. The latest version of Dreem is more compact, lighter, and has new features. After years of work and hundreds of iterations, we finally launched the world’s first comprehensive sleep solution.
To go even further and push sleep research forward, we inaugurated the Adventurers Program, the first remote research program on sleep. Involving several thousand participants, it will allow us to better understand sleep and develop new techniques to improve it.
We’re scientific explorers and technological innovators. Over the years, we’ve assembled a multidisciplinary and ambitious team of 70 people. Our fields of expertise encompass sleep research, mechanical engineering, machine learning, electronic design, embedded systems and calculations, testing, ergonomics, development of proprietary applications and software, and much more.
An Outstanding Scientific Advisory Board
Director, Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine at Stanford University
President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science
Neuroscientist and professor in the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi)
Director of Center for Investigation and Research in Sleep
Our Mentors and Investors, by our side since day one
The Adventurer program has begun. Its ambition is to help drive sleep research forward, thanks to usage of the Dreem headband by people such as yourself.