TED Resident Dan Gartenberg has spent his adult life trying to make seven and a half hours feel like eight hours.

Why you should listen

Daniel Gartenberg is a PhD in Human Factors and Applied Cognition and is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Penn State University. He has 10 years of experience making sleep technology and is an entrepreneur who founded Proactive Life LLC, Mobile Sleep Technologies LLC, and Fly Fleet LLC. At Proactive Life, Gartenberg developed smartphone and wearable apps, like the Sonic Sleep Coach Alarm Clock, for tracking sleep quality and playing sounds that make sleep deeper. He is currently conducting grant-funded research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Aging to develop sound environments that can diagnose and treat sleep disorders, improve sleep quality, and optimize daytime alertness. Gartenberg works with companies and individuals who want to get more out of their sleep.