Exploragen, a new DNA lifestyle company, launched its first iOS app available exclusively on Helix.com, an online marketplace of DNA-powered products that offer insights on nutrition, fitness, health, ancestry, family, and entertainment.
Called SlumberType, Exploragen states that its new lifestyle app provides insights on the genetics of sleep and enables people to understand the way it is influenced by DNA. By analyzing four sleep measurements—chronotype, sleep quality, sleep onset latency, and sleep duration—the app helps users determine whether they are a morning or night person, how long it may take them to fall asleep, the duration and quality of their sleep, and how these may impact other areas of their lives.
Likewise, SlumberType also contains tools and trackers to monitor everyday behaviors that affect sleep. The app will be available on the Helix platform beginning July 24.
“Our bodies function at their best when we get the right amount of sleep. SlumberType will allow people to understand how their unique biology, combined with their daily habits and activities, affects their sleep patterns, so they can optimize their lifestyle for better sleep,” says Exploragen co-founder and head of science Sara Riordan, in a release.
Exploragen was founded in 2016 by a team of veterans from the medical genetics industry with the vision of empowering everyone to gain meaningful insights from their DNA and use them to better their everyday lives. The California startup creates DNA lifestyle apps that assimilate the knowledge from published, peer-reviewed scientific studies to deliver novel algorithms that utilize DNA to inform lifestyle traits such as sleep, caffeine metabolism, and more. The company’s next application will be released in coming months.
“We have established strong associations between genetic variants, lifestyle patterns and certain preferences,” says Ron Andrews, Exploragen co-founder and CEO. “As the Helix platform gains widespread adoption and the science of personal genomics continues to evolve rapidly, so will our products. It’s truly an exciting time for the world of genomics, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work alongside Helix during our journey of exploration.”