Sleep is a vital biological function essential for the overall health of mankind. In the same vein, poor sleep poses a potent risk factor for a number of physical and psychological ailments including obesity, dementia, diabetes, and chronic pain.

One major challenge facing the health domain is the growth of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly low back pain. Low back pain impacts one’s autonomy and functional capacity and as such has been recognized globally as the most significant condition with respect to the number of years lived with disability.

Research Goals

This research project has the following on-going research goals:

  • Understanding the use of digital sleep tracking technology in assisting individuals in their daily life and well-being
  • Understanding the importance of privacy in digital data collection
  • Crowdsourcing factors for improving sleep quality in individuals with chronic back pain symptoms, and
  • enabling individuals to improve their wellbeing through this crowd-sourced information

Mobile Data Collection

We are looking for individuals suffering from low back pain to participate in our low back pain and sleep research to explore the relationship between low back pain and sleep. By participating in the study, you stand to gain insights into your sleep and low back pain.

To participate, simply download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.


This research is part of the ICON research project and involves the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, and the Department of Occupational Health. 

For more information about this project, you can reach out to following researchers at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing:

Andy Alorwu

Aku Visuri

Simo Hosio

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