Apple wants to make it easier for you to fall asleep

Have trouble falling asleep? Apple wants the Apple Watch and/or iPhone (or both) to help.

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20190213060) for a “facilitating restful sleep using reminders.” In the filing, the tech giant says most people perform a regular or recurring set of activities (e.g., a sleep ritual) before they go to sleep at night. This sleep ritual can include activities such as brushing teeth, taking the dog out, locking the front door, turning off appliances, setting a morning alarm, checking a calendar, and/or other activities. 

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Sometimes a person can have difficulty falling to sleep because they fear that they have forgotten to perform one of these sleep ritual activities. Apple wants to help with this.

Here’s the summary of the invention: “In some implementations, a computing device may detect that a user of the computing device intends to sleep. The computing device may cause a reminder notification to be presented on a display of the computing device that prompts the user to prepare one or more secondary devices for sleep. The computing device may obtain, for each of the one or more secondary devices, a desired state for sleep specified by the user. 

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“The computing device may cause, for each of the one or more secondary devices, a current state to change to the desired state for sleep. In some implementations, the user activities may be detected by receiving sensor data from one or more sensor devices of the computing device and identifying the user activities based on the received sensor data. In some implementations, the computing device may automatically change the current state to the desired state for sleep.”

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.