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A Lamp For Treating Night Terrors - The SafeWake

by Adam Ahne

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a magic lamp that lights when you have a night terror? You’d wake to the comforting light instead of the dark. I made such a lamp for a friend who has night terrors. It’s called SafeWake, and it works by talking wirelessly to a fitness heart-rate monitor. SafeWake checks your heart rate while you sleep and lights the lamp when your heart races during a night terror. You can see more information at

I’ve found that turning on a bright light is a gentle way to interrupt a night terror. Loud noises can startle the sleeper. Same for touching the sleeper. Bright light can wake you up without being threatening. If the light doesn’t wake the sleeper it may wake their spouse so they can help.

SafeWake is small and portable and easy to take on trips. It is discrete and doesn’t inspire people to ask questions about why it is in your bedroom.

I designed SafeWake for an adult. Unfortunately, young children will be too small to safely wear a heart-rate monitor.

Using SafeWake is simple: all you do is turn on the heart-rate monitor. SafeWake automatically connects and checks your heart rate throughout the night. Easy!

I looked for years for a lamp like this with no luck. Now that I have one, I thought other folks might also want one, so I’m going to sell them on late in 2015.

We have working prototypes yet there is still time to tweak the design. Do you have suggestions on how to improve SafeWake? How would you use it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Please share this with anyone you think it could help.

Adam Ahne
Flux Nixie LLC

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Jul 21, 2017
project still going? NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm curious if this project is still going?

Jul 23, 2017
Great idea NEW
by: Carsten S.

I'm having those sleep-terrors too time to time. Last one's like 15 minutes ago. Doesn't happen too often, but it's annoying as all hell. Manifests itself in wailing as far as i can tell. And i'm not alone in the house, and the bedroom window opens to a walkway leading past the house where people might be on the way... It even once happened while i was staying for the night at a friend's appertment. You should have seen his face... So I woke up tonight and actually almost instantly thought about an app for my phone that listens into my breathing and wakes me as soon as it registers a possible situation coming up. When i googled i found your lamp. Heartrate is propably a good indicator as well. What are your experiences with the lamp so far? Is it reliable?

Jul 23, 2017
Safewake project is closed NEW
by: Adam Ahne

I regret to say that the Safewake project is closed. The lamps are no longer available.


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