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Bed of Future Revealed – embargoed

Bed of Future Revealed – embargoed
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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.

Bed of the Future - The Sleep Council

Bed of the Future – The Sleep Council

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:

1. Self-cleaning / bacteria resistant materials i.e. mattresses with self-sterilisation systems (47%)
2. Heat/humidity adaptive materials i.e. mattresses that heat/cool in response to conditions (42%)
3. 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%)
4. Seasonally adaptive lighting i.e. lights that turn on during the darker winter months to help you wake up in the morning (32%)
5. 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 (multi-national carpet and bed retailer – concept artwork available upon request from The Sleep Council): “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.”

Bonus Beds (independent bed retailer based in Sligo, Ireland – concept artwork available upon request from The Sleep Council): “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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