Beds Become The Hub Of The Home

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How the Sleep Council sees the bedroom of the future

We all love our bedrooms….. In fact over two thirds of us (68%) have said this is the room we spend most of our time in.

As the bedroom – and the bed in particular – increasingly becomes the ‘hub of the home’, we’re also very clear about what we want from the Bedroom of the Future. According to a survey for The Sleep Council, the top five features we would like to see are:

Self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems (47%)

Heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions (42%)

 Smart Bed monitoring your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc (33%)

Seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning (32%)

Energy-harvesting flooring and fixtures i.e. carpet that attracts the light and transfer this to useable energy (24%)

As the nation prepares to enjoy National Sleep-in Day (October 27, the day the clocks go back and we all get an extra hour in bed), The Sleep Council survey also found:

Surfing the net isn’t restricted to the office… 27% of us now use our desktop computers/laptops to surf the net in our bedrooms compared to only 11% 10 years ago

Only 55% of us are intimate in our bedrooms with our partners, a 10% drop from 10 years ago (65%)

Talking to our friends has never been easier…. 17% of us now like to talk on the phone in our bedrooms compared to only 10% 10 years ago

62% of 16 – 24 year olds like to eat in their bedrooms compared to only 22% of respondents overall…. in fact 16 – 24 year olds like to do most things in their rooms: 28% like to do hobbies/crafts (compared to only 8% overall); 76% like to listen to music (compared to only 36% overall); and 28% like to exercise (compared to only 12% overall)

 Reading is still one of our top bedroom activities coming out second (65%) in the things we do in our bedroom after sleeping

And here’s a few of the quirkier/interesting responses to asking what features respondents would like their bedroom (and bed specifically) to have in the future:

– A hologram of Mr Darcy to read to me

– Ambient sounds – fall asleep to rainfall or wake to birdsong

– In the future (when arthritis hits) a bed that raises me to standing position on awakening

– Personally adapted supportive mattress that will ensure the body wakes up without aches and pains!

Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry, a leading authority on the homes and cities of the future said of the survey results: “The message we’re getting is clear – while new science and technology presents many novel and interesting applications, the bedroom and the bed of the future that people actually want is that which benefits their health and wellbeing. Four out of the top five features the public chose for their future bedroom enhance comfort, mood and safety and three of the five features relate directly to the bed.  So, no matter how many other activities we do in our bedrooms, it seems sleep is – and will remain – the most important of these.”

More ideas on the Bed of the Future:

Carpetright Bed of the FutureCarpetright (multi-national carpet and bed retailer) see right: “We see the bed of the future being super high-tech: a sleek and curved bed that floats using clever magnetic forces, helping it to literally become our daily cloud of comfort. Imagine climbing into a bed that recognises you as the sleeper and adjusts accordingly, providing optimum support, comfort and temperature as well as regulating moisture and allergens to provide the perfect sleeping environment and a heavenly night’s sleep. By using a single device, such as a portable tablet, we’ll be able to control the TV, our daily alarms and even things like the temperature of the room. Of course we’ll be able to check social media and emails on it too. We believe it will be an all-in-one futuristic bed that folds itself away into the subfloor when not in use. So no longer will you need to worry about having enough bedroom space as this perfect invention stores itself away at the click of a button.”

futurebed - from Bonus Beds CROPPED for social mediaBonus Beds (independent bed retailer based in Sligo, Ireland ) see right: “With the urban population on the increase, future generations will have to deal with magnified noise and light pollution on a daily basis. Our bed of the future concept deals with these problems and creates a comfortable, healthy sleeping environment using a sleeping pod. When the door is closed the pod becomes sound proof so the user falls asleep comfortably. The pod user controls the internal temperature via a simple control panel. The only window is blocked by a retractable curtain. This curtain is set to retract on a timer to filter natural light into the pod to slowly wake the user at the time he/she wishes.”

REGIONAL RESULTS

National

47% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future 42% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

33% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

32% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

East

51% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

48% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

37% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc 31% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

London

48% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

43% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

35% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc 32% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Midlands

47% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

47% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

28% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

33% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

North East

41% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

47% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

31% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

23% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

North West

42% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

37% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

32% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

34% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Northern Ireland

46% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

38% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

35% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

30% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Scotland

50% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

40% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions 33% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

35% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

South East

47% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

41% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

38% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

31% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

South West

46% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

42% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

30% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

35% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Wales

51% say they’d like to see self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

40% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

37% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

28% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Yorkshire

48% say they’d like to see a self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems in the bedroom of the future

38% would like heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions

33% would like a Smart Bed which monitors your vital statistics as you sleep i.e a bed that can warn you if you have an infection, an oncoming cold or if you are about to have a heart attack etc

32% would like seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning

Note to editors: The research for The Sleep Council was carried out by Opinion Matters between 15/08/2013 and 20/08/2013 Sample: 2042 UK respondents All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

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