Detect sources of interference: VR glasses should improve sleep

Switch off the sources of disturbance against healthy sleep: Thomas tried this in a self-experiment with VR glasses in the Hotel. More and more people suffer from sleep problems.

What do you think of when you hear VR? Porn and Gaming, right? VR has a lot more possibilities than streaming via sites like or badoink. VR glasses should also help to identify supposed sources of interference in your sleep.

A talk show is shown in the television programme, the e-mail inbox is quickly checked, messages are answered on the smartphone. A glance at the bright red radio alarm clock: It’s already late. Now I should finally be asleep.

The snoring next door gets louder, the neighbors in the next room argue. It’s too loud. It’s too warm. I can’t sleep. But – I must finally sleep now! The thought carousel continues to turn. Stop!

Like me in this moment it goes for many people in Germany, every day. Studies show that more people have sleep problems than before. What is the reason for that? Sources of disturbance in the bedroom are often the cause – and sometimes they can easily be turned off.

VR glasses simulate reality

I’m going for the remote. The TV is off. A short nudge. The snoring stops. I reach for the thermostat. At 16 to 18 degrees it sleeps better. In the room it is now dark, pleasantly cool – quiet.

I pull the big dark glasses off my head. “They have switched off the sources of interference. Well done,” says Tim from the Institute for Occupational Health Consulting (IFBG), which is organizing an event for employees of companies and guests at the Mündener Hotel Auefeld in cooperation with the Barmer.

The experiences just described were therefore not real, but actually part of a virtual reality that was projected onto my senses with VR glasses.

Playful experience with VR glasses

Together with his colleague Sebastian and Tobias from the Barmer, Tim has set up a sleeping course in one of the hotel rooms.

Enables entry into other worlds: virtual reality glasses. “The participants are to learn with this self test, how they can optimize their own sleep with small changes in the everyday life , he explains. The focus is on the playful experience simulated with VR glasses.

According to Lehmann, the topic of healthy sleep is becoming more and more important, especially in the health care of companies. “We want to draw attention to the importance of healthy sleep,” he emphasizes.

Brain needs restful sleep

A major problem is that performance and health compete with each other for many people. In stressful phases, time is often “wasted” during sleep, says Tim. This is wrong because the brain needs restful sleep to stay fit.

In addition to eliminating obvious sources of disturbance, rituals also play an important role in optimising the quality of sleep. In addition to the self-experience in virtual reality, the participants receive a questionnaire on their own sleeping habits on this day. Information boards summarize the most important tips.