Soma: the app that prevents burnout

In the increasingly complex world of work, it’s vital to prevent the killer fatigue, crippling stress and sudden exhaustion of burnout. But how can it be anticipated when it’s something that tends to occur so suddenly? The solution could well lie in our pockets. Channelling the trend for smartphone applications and the “quantified self” movement, the London-based start-up Soma Analytics has developed an alert system to enable self-diagnosis.The app records variations in the user’s tone of voice during phone calls, analyzes motor coordination by tracking typing errors, and even records quality of sleep via the smartphone’s sensorsSounding the alarm if the user is at riskOver the course of several weeks, the app records variations in the user’s tone of voice during phone calls, analyzes motor coordination by tracking typing errors, and even records quality of sleep via the smartphone’s sensors. All this data is analyzed using diagnostic software created in partnership with psychiatrists and experts on sleep and stress.“These scientific criteria are part of the diagnostic process that psychologists and psychiatrists apply when they have to assess a patient’s stress levels,” explains Johann Huber, co-founder and CEO of Soma Analytics. “But the app is intended to be a preventative tool that can identify behavioural changes at the very beginning and avoid harmful consequences.” In the event of detecting increased risk of burnout, the app sends an alert to the user and then provides specialist advice on sleep hygiene, attention and productivity. It’s a great way of letting tired and stressed workers know when it’s time to switch off.To go further
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