Better days and nights ahead,&together

to nourish our calm & clarity.

We exist to help you explore conscious connection through science, design, and endless curiosity. We ask why - a lot. Provoke with - what if?Then, make a ruckus. (ie. connect dots)

It started with a routine eye exam.

Umay was founded by brother-sister duo, Ali Habib, a curious engineer and Dr. Sharmin Habib, a yogi-optometrist. What started as a routine eye exam, led to the discovery of our complex relationship with digital devices and why we don’t blink.

Our devices strain our eyes and tire our minds in unnatural ways.

The two struggled, both as doctor and patient, with traditional methods that didn't consider the problem as a whole, and set out to find harmony between technology and humanity - and asked what if we create a routine space to be curious about our connections?

It’s time for Digital REST.

In November of 2018, they discovered a malfunction in their first prototype. The heat delivery of the device was not consistent or even, instead it was alternating between the two eyes. Ali described it as a soft wave traveling over his eyes. It instantly stilled his busy mind. It led to a fascinating conversation between the founders which rippled into the need to create a thermo-sensory meditation experience.

Routine Relaxation.

In January 2019, we refined this heating and cooling technology and developed thermal waveforms that would sync with a paced breathing pattern. This helps maximize the state of relaxation and presence one can experience with REST. We introduced Thermal Meditation™ to the world for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it was acknowledged with an Innovation Award in the Tech for A Better World category. We knew people didn't just need relief, they needed a meditation experience they could feel.
In February 2021, the need for a break for our eyes and mind couldn't have become more obvious. In the heart of the pandemic Umay partnered with the Government of Canada to help 500 wfh employees manage their transition and elevated levels of screen time with REST. The results were so impactful that not only were people's eyes feeling better, they were sleeping better and developing a better sense of calm and connection with themselves and others - we knew it was time to officially launch digital rest and recovery to the world.

About the exhale collective

The exhale collective is an early initiative to create a community-based and expert-led experience that celebrates our calm & clarity. We help provide members with science based tools, knowledge and support they need to be the best version of themselves. We believe in the power of community, accountability and curiosity. Our goal is to take you on a 4 month journey and dive deep into the science and proven methods available, so you too can discover and implement digital rest into your life. Through a personalized assessment you will be able to develop a wellness habit strategy with accountability and support from the community. The exhale collective is an intervention based program and commitment of time, money, and effort.
Members should be prepared to spend at least 1 hour a week to reflect, learn and make real change happen.

To learn more about the exhale collective, we encourage you to take a look at our FAQ.

*REST in the workplace - if you're interested in bringing digital rest into the workplace for your team, contact us via email at hello@umay.care or schedule a one-on-one call with a member of our team using this link.

How tec works

Build your wellness program
Personalized assessments empower you to take targeted steps to improve your digital rest (sleep, eye and mental wellness)
Incorporate expert techniques
Live webinars, led by experts who break down the science to help you choose the methods that work for you and your lifestyle
Learn with others
Engage with like minded people in a supportive environment (cohorts limited to 25)
Track your improvement
Progress feels good! We’ll help you stay motivated and accountable

Meet the experts in digital rest.

Jay Vidyarthi
Founder of Still Ape
I am a human-centered designer and mindfulness teacher working to restore a depleted natural resource: attention.
Nina Herscher
I am a digital wellbeing and hybrid work expert, keynote speaker and pioneer of the digital wellness movement, dedicated to the intentional use and development of technology for human well-being.
Dr. Roy Raymann
I am a leading applied sleep neuroscientist who wants to help people with sleep complaints to achieve better sleep by accelerating sleep innovation, grounded in science.
Dr. Michael Gradisar
Founder of WinkSleep
I am a sleep scientist and clinical psychologist specializing in sleep disorders.
Dr. Laura Periman
Board certified ophthalmologist
I am an ocular surface disease expert working on innovations from the smallest molecular pathology to the biopsychosocial well being of the DryEye patient as a whole.
Dr. Brandon Hauer
I am a sleep neuroscientist empowering people with the knowledge of how vital sleep is.
Dr. Richard Maharaj
I am a leading dry eye specialist, researcher and educator in the field of ocular surface disease, who is dedicated to improving the eye comfort and wellness of my patients through innovation.
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