by Exploragen

Unlock how your DNA, environment, and behaviors affect the way you sleep, and start getting better rest.



Use your DNA to get your ZZZs

Great Gift For: Someone who wants to get more out of their sleep each and every night

What to Expect: iPhone and iPad app, alarm clock, results analysis

Value: Rest easy and gain additional data points that help inform your sleep routine


Enjoy a more restful night

SlumberType doesn’t just help you explore DNA insights related to your sleep patterns—it helps you find ways to get better, more restful sleep over time.

By tracking behaviors like exercise and caffeine consumption, you’ll learn how your specific actions interact with your genes to impact how you sleep, when you sleep, and how you can wake up feeling more rested each and every day.

The science

Sleep is a mental state that serves to rest and reset our minds and bodies. While everyone has to sleep at some point, there are differences in how long it takes us to fall asleep, how long we sleep, and how deeply we sleep. Your individual sleep cycle is controlled by a circuit of regularly repeating biological cues called the circadian clock.

Certain genetic variants affect your personal circadian clock and can influence your sleep cycle. Environmental factors like travel, physical activity, and caffeine intake can also influence or disrupt your circadian clock.


External factors like stress and caffeine influence your Zzz’s more than what we currently know from your A’s, C’s, T’s, and G’s.


  • This product will not provide any medical information.
  • Results may be more accurate for individuals of certain genetic backgrounds.
  • Results do not determine or limit your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up.
  • Some results in this product are based on preliminary research. Your results may change as Exploragen’s research expands our understanding of sleep and genetics.
  • Your DNA does not influence whether a monster is hiding under your bed (or in the closet).

How it works

Get access to the best and latest in DNA discovery. It takes just 3 simple steps.

Order and we’ll send a DNA kit to your home

Order SlumberType and Helix sends you a DNA collection kit, which includes everything you need to get sequenced.

Provide a saliva sample and get sequenced

Register your DNA kit, provide a small saliva sample, and drop it in the mail using the provided pre-paid shipping box you get in your kit.

Receive your SlumberType results

After Helix sequences your DNA from your saliva, you’ll get an email from Exploragen to view your results when they’re ready.

The Helix DNA kit

To capture the information stored in your DNA so it can be used for this product, we need to collect a small, one-time saliva sample from you. This kit has everything you need to provide that sample from the comfort of your own home, and you’ll never have to provide another.

  • A unique Kit ID you’ll use to register your kit

  • Saliva collection tube, cap, and printed instructions

  • A small bag and prepaid box to send your saliva sample to our lab

About Exploragen

Exploragen is a DNA lifestyle company whose vision is to empower people to use insights from their DNA to make their everyday lives better.

Founded in 2016 by a team of veterans from the medical genetics industry, Exploragen makes fun and engaging apps which translate information from DNA into personalized insights for people to optimize their everyday lives. Exploragen’s lifestyle apps are available exclusively on the Helix marketplace.

Have a question about this product?


About Helix

Helix empowers everyone to explore what makes them unique—their DNA.

From health and wellness insights to family planning and ancestry information, Helix’s growing list of partners can tap into your genetic profile to provide relevant insights for today, tomorrow and years to come.

Have a question about ordering or sequencing?


  • What does this product check for in my DNA?

    SlumberType checks genetic variants that have been shown to be associated with sleep traits including how long it takes you to fall asleep, how long you stay asleep, the quality of your sleep, and your genetic similarity to self-reported “morning” or “evening” persons.

  • How will SlumberType track my sleep and mood patterns?

    The SlumberType app makes it simple for you to record your sleep/wake times, your morning and evening mood—plus other factors you choose—with just a few taps. The more you engage with SlumberType by tracking your mood and activities, the more detailed patterns you’ll see.

  • Do I need an iPhone or iPad to use SlumberType?

    No. You can access most of SlumberType’s features using your web browser on almost any device, or you can download the SlumberType app from the App Store on your iPhone or iPad to access additional features, like the alarm clock and sleep sounds.

  • Why are SlumberType results more accurate for certain people?

    Genetic associations used by this product were originally discovered in European populations and may or may not be applicable to people from a different background.

  • Do I have to get sequenced to use this product?

    Yes. In order to use SlumberType, you must be sequenced by Helix. To ensure the quality and accuracy of the genetic information used for this service, products in the Helix marketplace do not accept genetic data from outside sources. And, once you’ve been sequenced by Helix, you can purchase more DNA-powered products from a variety of categories like fitness, nutrition, entertainment, and more—all without having to get sequenced again.

  • How does Helix provide my DNA information to Exploragen? Is it shared with anyone else?

    Your DNA information is stored securely by Helix. When sequencing is complete, Helix only sends the relevant DNA information needed by Exploragen to generate your results. We do not share your DNA information with anyone without your permission. We always maintain high standards when it comes to the security and privacy of your DNA information.

  • How do I learn more about how Exploragen uses my information?

    You can find learn more in the Exploragen Privacy PolicyTerms of Service, and Product Consent.

  • How do I view my results?

    Exploragen will send you an email when your results are ready to be viewed online.