Every night we lay down in our beds, our consciousness enters a different state and then we stay that way for the next 8 hours. It's pretty amazing if you think about it! It can be no surprise then that someone has created a way to track and share details about such a big part of our lives. Some people sleep with their friends, now the rest of us can track our sleep - with our friends.
Yawnlog is a wacky new site that lets you track how much sleep you're getting, note how good the sleep was, record your dreams and compare all of that information with your friends. This is no laughing matter! Imagine cross referencing aggregate sleeping hours and moods with a timeline of historically significant events. Silly as this service might sound, we think it sounds pretty cool, too.
Some people like to track everything, and we do imagine that it could be helpful to see longer periods of poor or insufficient sleep than we realized we were experiencing.
Unfortunately the site doesn't seem particularly well constructed, but we sure love the idea. (Update: Lead developer Matt Blake emailed to let us know that the site was put together in a 24 hour hackathon and is only a few days old. Fair enough, hopefully Blake will be able to continue developing it.) We found Yawnlog over on KillerStartups, where you'll find a lot of apps that look like they were written by people who aren't getting enough sleep but some good ones too.
Imagine the possibilities! Say you're thinking of taking a job at one place that reports an aggregate of restless, stunted sleep patterns - but another potential employer's people have an unusually high rate of dreams about flying! Which job are you going to take? Say Republicans slept better after Obama's first major speech last night than Democrats did after Bush's first speech in office. Talk about tangible evidence of bi-partisan comfort with the Presidency! How much sleep, on average, does the staff of ReadWriteWeb get compared to other big tech blogs? More and better sleep, I'd bet.
Of course all of that would require far more adoption of a technology like Yawnlog than is ever going to happen, but we do like to fantasize. This kind of aggregate sleep pattern analysis will probably be a bullet point in the brochure for the forthcoming Google Brain Implant.
In the meantime, we got a kick out of Yawnlog and will see how long we can stick with using it. It's proof that you can socialize anything online. If you'd like to put our sleepy heads together, my profile is here, friend me up and let's share some dreams. I've added Yawnlog to my Morning Coffee Firefox plug-in, so I'll be reminded to make an entry first thing each morning.