Sleep Room - Better Rest From A To Zzz
The Sleep Room from Matsushita Electric Works may recieve a welcome yawn from consumers in Japan. Japan is the land of the rising sun - a sun that rises all too soon for weary commuters and hard-working students who burn the midnight oil.
(From Sleep Room)
A recent Health Ministry survey revealed that 31 percent of Japanese said they didn't get enough sleep. Multiple-hour commutes, stress and long hours robbed grown-ups of the sleep they needed. And students aren't any better off.
The weary are invited to a Vitality Diagnostic Corner, where a sleep counselor leads the visitor through a software program designed to create a sleep profile. Once profiled, the prospective sleeper enters the sleep room - about the size of a small hotel room, with a reclining bed with a big TV screen in position. Gentle music, backdrop of natural sounds, room lights dim, the bed reclines fully, the massage starts and - Zzzzz.
Is a restful night's sleep worth $30,000? Matsushita is going to find out.
SF readers may recall the napcap rental facility from Larry Niven's recent novel Saturn's Race:
She punched her card into the Napcap's slot. The lid lifted and she crawled inside. It shooshed down. The inside received her as a womb. The prospect of rest triggered an avalanche of yawns, and she was asleep before the lid sealed fully back in place. (More)
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