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  • Mar 17, 2018

    SleepScore Max, Phone Usage Habits, and SHARP | #177


    We take a look at our sleeping and phone habits and delve into the world of SHARP appliances this week on Popular Technology Radio. First, SleepScore VP of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, Roy Raymann, demystifies sleep research and the SleepScore Max to help us get a good night’s rest. Then, Harvard mind-brain behavior expert and psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Nancy Etcoff, shares her findings on phone addiction in a study she did with Motorola and offers up suggestions on how to wean ourselves off of our devices. Last, Peter Weedfald, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SHARP Home Appliances, fills us in on their new SuperSteam countertop oven, gesture controlled in-wall microwave drawer, and plasmacluster ion purification technology. Tune in now.


    · [00:00:00] Turning Research Into Sleep

    · [00:05:29] Consistency and Circadian Rhythm

    · [00:12:31] Manage Your Habits by Measuring Them

    · [00:19:53] Recommendations for Better Sleep

    · [00:27:33] Habitual Phone Usage a Problem

    · [00:35:56] Pay Attention to the Tasks at Hand

    · [00:42:16] Gesture Control for your Microwave?

    · [00:49:57] SuperSteam Your Countertop

    · [00:54:46] Cooking With Steam

    · [01:02:09] Steamed Pizza? Say What?

    · [01:10:06] Plasmacluster Ion Tech Cleans House

    · [01:18:10] Keep It Simple SHARP


    Discover more about guests and segments below…


    [00:00:00] Turning Research Into Sleep

    Are your sleep gadgets helping you get better rest? With over 20 years of scientific research and an award winning PhD thesis paper, SleepScore VP of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, Roy Raymann, is a proven veteran of the industry and is here to help answer this question. After publishing his paper on how skin temperature affects sleep, Roy noticed that no one was actually doing anything with the information he presented. He took matters into his own hands and is now put his research to use with SleepScore. Hear his story.


    [00:05:29] Consistency and Circadian Rhythm

    In recent years, science has revealed the importance of getting more sleep and how limiting blue light exposure can help; but what else should we know to stay well rested? SleepScore VP of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, Roy Raymann, explains that the human body needs consistency. The amount of sleep we get is very important, but going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day is equally as critical. Most people don’t operate on a 24 hour circadian rhythm, so adhering to an ordinary sleep routine can serve to reset your internal clock everyday. Listen in for more great tips.


    [00:12:31] SleepScore Max Rates Your Sleep

    You can’t manage your behaviors without first measuring them. That’s where SleepScore Max comes in; it uses echolocation to monitor your motion, breathing, and heart rate to give you a score based on the quality of your rest. VP of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, Roy Raymann, assures us that SleepScore doesn’t just dump this information on you and expect changes to come without any help. After the information is collected, they transform the data into useful suggestions to enhance your sleep cycle. Find out more now.


    [00:19:53] Recommendations for Better Sleep

    “Oh, so you want me to go to sleep earlier? Yeah right, I’ll get more sleep when I’m dead.” You’ve probably thought this to yourself when a sleep tracker or doctor suggests this to you. This just shows how hard it is for humans to make behavioral changes. SleepScore VP of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, Roy Raymann, describes the more informative suggestions SleepScore Max can give you, including product recommendations. Not just any sleep product will make it into SleepScores’ Sleep Improvement Ecosystem; these products are required to provide sufficient testing data to prove their legitimacy.


    [00:27:33] Habitual Phone Usage a Problem

    Do you find yourself feverishly checking notifications? Is your phone taking over your life? You’re not alone. Harvard mind-brain behavior expert and psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Nancy Etcoff, recently teamed up with Motorola to study phone use habits and addiction in modern society. They found that 49% of people admit to checking their phone more often than they’d like, going so far as to check their notifications at funerals and weddings! Hear tips on how to free yourself from your mobile device.


    [00:35:56] Pay Attention to the Tasks at Hand

    The more you’re aware of your problems, the easier they are to fix. Dr. Nancy Etcoff shares more insights on phone-life balance. While we have a tendency to incessantly check our phones, while on the job or hanging out with friends may not be the best times to do so. Turn your phone off or put it away so you can focus on the task at hand. Your friends and job deserve your full attention, and you don’t always need to look something up to verify it. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your phone use borders on addiction, take the quiz at Also, view Dr. Etcoff’s study findings at


    [00:42:16] Gesture Control for your Microwave?

    Let’s face it, America likes to keep it simple, and this shows in SHARP’s dominance of the home appliance market with their motto – “simply better living.” If you’ve got a microwave drawer, chances are it’s either made by SHARP or sources their parts. SHARP Home Appliances Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Peter Weedfald, shares about their new in-wall microwave drawer. Don’t fret your messy hands and busy kitchen, SHARP’s got you covered with gesture control! Simply wave your hand like a jedi and the microwave opens on it’s own. Can you say “open-says-me?”


    [00:49:57] SuperSteam Your Countertop

    Are you looking to upgrade your kitchen, but don’t have $2,499 laying around for SHARP’s three-in-one Steam Oven with SuperSteam and Convection Bake? Lucky for you, SHARP’s Peter Weedfald fills us in on their new countertop SuperSteam oven. This nifty device doesn’t require preheating, defrosting, and is instantly on. Learn more about this superheated countertop oven.


    [00:54:46] Cooking With Steam

    Once you cook with steam, you don’t go back. SHARP’s countertop SuperSteam oven browns food and locks in moisture by cooking with 485 degree superheated steam. Now that’s cooking with gas… er, steam! SHARP’s Peter Weedfald describes how they’re able to heat water to 485 degrees using thermal heat and a water reservoir. Perfect for recent sheet-pan cooking trends, the unit can fit a 12 inch pizza and has five cooking modes – toast, broil, grill, bakery, pizza, and warm.


    [01:02:09] Steamed Pizza? Say What?

    It’s been a long day and you don’t feel like making an elaborate dinner for the kids, so you pop a frozen pizza into the oven with a side of shame. Worry no longer, SHARP’s Peter Weedfald shares the joys of cooking a pizza with steam! That’s right, put some water on it. It turns out that steaming a pizza at 485 degrees browns the outside and locks in moisture, creating a crispy outer layer and delicious soft interior that will have you asking, “is this five star restaurant pizza?” Best of all, when you want your leftover slices, a trip back through the steamer will breathe new, moist life into your pizza. Get pizzeria-style pie in your house today, with SHARP’s SuperSteam counter top oven for only $399.


    [01:10:06] Plasmacluster Ion Tech Cleans House

    The average air quality in an American home is five times worse than the air outside according to the EPA. That was SHARP’s inspiration for their plasmacluster ion (PCI) purification systems. SHARP’s Peter Weedfald explains that while other brands will tout true HEPA filtration, SHARP takes it to the next level with an activated carbon filter, true HEPA, and PCI technology. A PCI system shoots positive and negatively charged ions of hydrogen and oxygen into the air that latch on to and neutralize unwanted particles, like odors, viruses, bacteria, and pet dander. After being neutralized, the particles settle to the floor where they can be vacuumed up. Breathe easy with SHARP air filters.


    [01:18:10] Keep It Simple SHARP

    70 million air purification units worldwide make use of SHARP’s plasmacluster ion purification technology. That’s a lot of companies putting their confidence in SHARP’s patented system. SHARP’s Peter Weedfald ensures us that they follow their core philosophy whenever they design any products, be it an air purification system or an in-wall microwave drawer. There’s no need to fiddle with clunky apps that may make the process even longer. SHARP keeps it simple so you can get back to living.


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    · Guest: Roy Raymann | Vice President of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, SleepScore Labs

    · Guest: Dr. Nancy Etcoff | Harvard mind-brain behavior expert and psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Harvard / Mass General

    · Guest: Peter Weedfald | Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SHARP Home Appliances

    · Product: SleepScore Max

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    Program Host: Jason Masters
    Producer: Jason Masters
    Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Jason Masters
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Guest: Roy Raymann
    Guest: Dr. Nancy Etcoff
    Guest: Peter Weedfald

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