Since tribal times, sleeping and dreaming have been core parts of myths, transcending humans beyond reality, connecting heaven and earth. Since then, science has revealed a great deal about why we sleep: probably not to foresee the future, but to form new memories, to process emotions, and even to boost our immune system. Despite the centuries of research on the function of sleep, it still remains as it has been for most part of history, a mystery.
Two of the leading sleep and dream scientists of Vienna explained why we sleep and dream according to our current understanding. Gerhard Klösch showcased his research on sleeping and how we use technology to measure it, while Dr. Brigitte Holzinger talked about her fascinating research on lucid dreaming, an altered state of consciousness, where the dreamer has complete influence over their dream. In our startup spotlight, we introduced Pocket Sky, which uses the power of light for a quick boost of energy to raise your mood and managing your sleep-wake cycle.