One fourth of all chronic sleep disorders are the result of a mismatch between the bodies Circadian Rhythms and the
24-hour schedules associated with shift work. Humans are programmed to sleep at night and be active during the day, by
working at night; people have to essentially ignore this natural impulse.
Workers who attempt to sleep by day, after a night shift, will find that their sleep is likely to be fragmented and brief, no
matter how tired they may feel. Others will struggle to carry out their daily duties as they battle immense tiredness due
their bodies failing to adjust to the awkward working schedules.
Since its conception, my project has branched off into two logical strands of approach; one product intended to aid those
who endure fragmented or restless sleep, and the other will focus on individuals who suffer from chronic fatigue.
The additional aspect of Hedonomics will ensure that the fundamental objectives are fulfilled, whilst ensuring pleasurable
usability and interaction with the product at an individual level.
The Hoku point lies within the webbed region between you thumb and forefinger and is known to Acupressurists as a
stimulation point said to treat insomnia. The concept was based on the simple idea of applying constant pressure to this
point using an elastic band to invoke drowsiness.
Test subjects who suffered from bouts of insomnia claimed that after trying out this technique 10 minutes before bed, they
felt drowsy and ready to sleep. Safety and Pleasure are fundemental requirements of Hedonomics, therefore having an
automatic shut-off mechanism in place would ensure confidence in the product, and developing a refined method of
administering the treatment was vital.
Arousal is a state of wakefulness which is both physiological and psychological. It involves an increase heart rate
and blood pressure and also sees heightened brain activity as brain sensory alertness increases. This can also
be said about a state of Sexual Arousal, although the aspect of pleasure is added to the equation.
Subjects involved with my research claimed that sexual stimulation distracted them from the damaging effects
of fatigue and also had a postive effect on the state of their mood. They also recommended that having a fatigue detection
system to trigger the vibrations would ensure that the product was used only for its intended purpose.
Although the manifestation of the concept as vibrating pleasure pants may seem novel, and has been marketed
as such for the purpose of approachability; it has been founded on sound, logical research and information.