Revery gets $2M to improve mental health with mobile gaming techniques – TechCrunch

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In “Macbeth,” Shakespeare described sleep because the “chief nourisher in life’s feast.” However like his titular character, many adults aren’t sleeping nicely. Revery desires to assist with an app that mixes cognitive behavioral remedy (CBT) for insomnia with mobile gaming ideas.

Based in March 2021, Revery is presently in beta stealth mode and plans to launch its app in america later this yr. The corporate introduced in the present day it has raised $2 million led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge program. Individuals included GGV Capital, Pascal Capital, zVentures (Razer’s company enterprise arm) and angel buyers like MyFitnessPal co-founder Albert Lee; gaming entrepreneur Juha Paananen; CRED founder Kunal Shah; Mobile Premier League founder Sai Srinivas; Carolin Krenzer; and Josh Lee.

Lee, a mutual pal, first launched Revery’s founders, Tammie Siew and Khoa Tran, to each other. Earlier than launching the startup, Siew labored at Sequoia Capital India, Boston Consulting Group and CRED, whereas Tran was a former product supervisor at Google.

Revery plans to focus on different mental health points sooner or later, nevertheless it’s beginning with sleep as a result of “it has such a robust correlation with mental health and we’re leveraging protocols, cognitive behavioral remedy for insomnia, that’s strong and have been tried and examined for 30 years,” Siew advised TechCrunch. “That's the first indication, however the aim is to construct a number of games for different wellness indications as nicely.”

A study by research firm Infinium discovered that about 30% to 45% of adults on this planet expertise insomnia, an issue exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Power lack of sleep is linked to a host of health issues, together with high blood stress, strokes, melancholy and lowered immunity.

For Revery’s crew, which additionally consists of former Zynga and King lead recreation designer Kriti Sawa and software engineer Stephanie Wong, their focus on sleep is private.

A Zoom screenshot of startup Revery's team

Revery’s crew on a Zoom name

“Everybody on our crew has a deeply private connection to the mission, as a result of everybody on our crew has skilled, or had a member of the family or buddies undergo challenges in mental health,” mentioned Siew. “They’ve seen how late intervention creates penalties that might have been prevented if that they had gotten assist earlier.”

When Tran was 15, he was identified with hypertension and several other different health circumstances that wanted medicine. It wasn’t till he was 26 that Tran discovered that sleep apnea was on the root of his medical points. After getting surgical procedure, Tran’s blood stress grew to become regular and lots of of his different circumstances additionally improved.

“After I lastly obtained therapy for my sleep problem, solely then did I notice the impression of sleep on mental health,” Tran mentioned. “For me, I used to be actually fortunate that a health care provider caught my sleep problem and tremendous fortunate to have the time and sources to get therapy. For many individuals, it’s extremely inaccessible.”

Revery’s medical advisory crew consists of the physician who carried out Tran’s surgical procedure, Stanford Sleep Surgical procedure Fellowship director Dr. Stanley Liu; Stanford professor and behavioral sleep medication knowledgeable Dr. Fiona Barwick; and Dr. Ryan Kelly, a scientific psychologist who researches how video games can be used in therapy.

When individuals consider sleeping apps, ones that focus on meditation (Calm and Headspace, for instance) or soothing noises normally come to thoughts. The Revery crew isn’t sharing numerous particulars about its app earlier than launch, however says it attracts from informal mobile games, that are designed to get individuals to return for brief play periods over an extended time frame. The aim is to use gamification to make CBT practices interactive and enjoyable, so it turns into a part of customers’ each day routines.

“That’s the identical form of gameplay that Zynga and King have used, which is why Kriti’s expertise is tremendous useful,” mentioned Siew. Informal games revolve round rewarding individuals for small actions, and for Revery app, meaning constructive reinforcement for habits that contribute to higher sleep. For instance, it should reward individuals for placing down their telephones.

“I feel lots of people have the misunderstanding that fixing sleep is just on the time you go to sleep. They don’t notice that sleep is impacted by what you do all through the day,” Siew mentioned. “An enormous half can be what are your ideas, habits and the opposite issues that you just do, so so as to successfully and sustainably improve sleep, we even have to change your ideas and behaviors outdoors of the time you’re attempting to go to sleep.”

In an announcement, GGV Capital managing director Jenny Lee mentioned, “We're excited in regards to the rising mental wellness market, and imagine that Revery’s distinctive mobile game-based strategy has the chance to create immense impression. We're blissful to again such a mission-driven crew on this house.”

Source : TechCrunch

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