The SleepTuner sensor measures many of the same essential parameters of sleep breathing as sleep labs. Oxygen has been a cornerstone of sleep measurement since the beginning, as it is a key indicator of respiratory function.
Breathing issues during sleep can impair oxygen levels, resulting in disrupted sleep and increased physiologic stress. Sleeping position is typically the strongest driver of oxygen variability in those with sleep breathing issues. The SleepTuner records and analyzes oxygen and sleeping position data to provide insights about your sleep.
Qualitatively, the SleepTuner app helps users record and understand other factors influencing their sleep quality. These include things like alcohol consumption, sleeping pills, and allergies which can affect sleep breathing. By combining data with sleep journaling over multiple nights, Beddr offers deeper insights into sleep issues, and the ability to discover what actions result in the greatest improvement.
Dr. Kryger was the first to diagnose and report obstructive sleep apnea in North America. He has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters. He is the chief editor of the most widely used textbook in sleep medicine, “The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine”. He established the first clinical laboratory studying patients with sleep breathing problems in Canada. Dr. Kryger is a former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation. He graduated from the McGill University Medical School, interned at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and completed internal medicine training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. His pulmonary fellowship was at the University of Colorado, followed by two years of research training. He is boarded in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
CPT Allison Brager, PhD is a neurobiologist serving as an active duty Army officer with expertise in sleep and chronobiology. She currently serves as a sleep scientist in the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the largest and most diverse biomedical sleep research laboratory in the Department of Defense. She sits on the Federal Fatigue Management Working Group and has contributed to Army Doctrine on Holistic Health and Fitness through the Office of the Surgeon General. In addition, CPT Brager consults with US Olympic, big-time collegiate, and professional sporting teams.
Steve Carstensen, DDS has been treating sleep apnea and snoring since 1998, has completed UCLA’s Mini-Residency in Sleep, lectures internationally, directs sleep education at the Pankey Institute and is a guest lecturer at Spear Education, University of the Pacific, and Louisiana State University Dental Schools. He was in leadership at AADSM and was Chair of the 2010 ADA Annual Session. Since 2014 he has been Editor-in-Chief of Dental Sleep Practice Magazine. He co-founded Premier Sleep in Bellevue, WA, a practice devoted to helping people breathe better and sleep better.
Brandon Peters, MD is board-certified in both neurology and sleep medicine and currently practices at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. He is also a Clinical Affiliate at Stanford University's School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has worked in sleep medicine since college with extensive clinical and research experiences in the field. His published research includes study of the sleep habits of university students, circadian rhythm disorders in the blind, abnormal sleep behaviors called parasomnias, and sleep ethics. His extensive sleep-related writing includes more than 1000 articles on Verywell.com, book chapters, and countless other contributions. He lectures internationally on sleep, frequently appears on radio programs and in other media, and works as a business consultant for related industries.
Mike likes to make the complex simple, engaging, and accessible to more people. He is passionate about applying this philosophy to healthcare. Previously, Mike was the founding CEO of Soundhawk, a wearable hearing enhancement company that developed the first connected hearing device. He led the company from concept to commercialization and multi-million dollars in revenue. He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tom is a serial entrepreneur specializing in breakthrough medical technologies. He has been a founding member of numerous health tech and medical device startups including Shockwave Medical and Kerberos Proximal Solutions and holds over 40 patents. Tom studied Product Design at Stanford University and is an active StartX alumni mentor.
Dr. Bijwadia is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and sleep medicine. Dr. Bijwadia is a pioneer in the development and delivery of telemedicine-based sleep consultations and is licensed in 20 states and counting. He is a strong believer in patient empowerment and brings experience in dental sleep medicine from previous chief medical officer experience.
Kirby is an entrepreneur and mechanical engineer with a passion for designing products that improve lives. Prior to Beddr, he held engineering roles at Microcube and Perseus Medical Technologies and holds multiple patents in the sleep technology space. Kirby graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Subarna loves building products to help users take charge of their well being. She has expertise in personalized consumer-friendly digital health and previously managed the consumer experience for full-spectrum virtual care products at HealthTap. Her happy time is with users and the team - learning, brainstorming and designing. Otherwise she enjoys hiking, pottery, cryptic crosswords and gardening. Subarna holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MPP from UC Berkeley and an MCA from College of Engineering, Osmania University.
Satyendra is an experienced software professional with deep experience in software domain. He has been involved with several software initiatives in systems software as well as web technologies. His most recent experience included working with Clocktree, a SaaS startup providing telemedicine solutions focusing on mental, and, other health related disorders. His other past experience includes stints with Sun, SGI, Intuit and various startups. He holds MS in computer science from Univ of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Eric leads the visual and user experience design. His focus is advocating for the user and making sure their experience is enjoyable and pain-free. He brings over twenty years of experience designing for Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, including the three he's previously led the design for.
Ed Pienkosz is an experienced healthcare and behavior change professional with a focus on improving the quality of life through awareness, education and empowerment. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in healthcare and wellness including Population Health, Chronic Disease management and prevention, and quality of life improvement. Ed holds a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology and is a member of the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching.
Steve is an experienced software engineer with a background in mobile and IoT applications. Before joining Beddr, he played key roles in startups including UniKey and IZEA and his work has been featured at TechCrunch Disrupt and WWDC. Steve has a passion for helping teams deliver impactful products into new and existing markets.
Robyn's entry into the sleep medicine world came through the neonatal field and conducting SIDS research at Stanford. In addition to her sleep background, she has extensive clinical affairs experience in medical device product development, clinical marketing, and the integration of sleep testing for clinical research professionals. Robyn is certified in Clinical Sleep Health and has been published in numerous respiratory, sleep, and clinical research journals. She has a Masters degree in Nursing and an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University.