A sleep box

Mark Zuckerberg builds his wife a glowing ‘sleep box’ to help her at night

Mark Zuckerberg has built a glowing wooden box to help his wife Priscilla sleep better at night as she cares for their two children.

The Facebook CEO, 34, took to Instagram to inform followers of his latest invention and the reasoning behind it.

Being a mom is hard, and since we’ve had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night.

She’ll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep.

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A sleep box
A sleep box

So I worked on building her what I call the “sleep box”.

It sits on her nightstand, and between the hours of 6-7am it emits a very faint light — visible enough that if she sees it she’ll know it’s an okay time for one of us to get the kids, but faint enough that the light won’t wake her up if she’s still sleeping.

And since it doesn’t show the time, if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she knows to just go back to sleep without having to worry about what time it is.

So far this has worked better than I expected and she can now sleep through the night. 

Facebook Founder Zuckerberg with his family
Facebook Founder Zuckerberg with his family

As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude.

A bunch of my friends have told me they’d want something like this, so I’m putting this out there in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people!

 The post garnered a number of comments online. Former Facebook manager and angel investor Dave Morin called the device, ‘Genius.’

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