As a true specialist in bedding, we’re always at the very cutting edge of new technology so that we can continue to provide the nation with the best possible sleep experience.
Here, our Group Managing Director, David Cruddos, looks at what could be on the horizon when it comes to the future of sleep.
“In terms of technology, we’re always adapting as a business to ensure we’re wide awake to the latest innovations to improve sleep across the nation and the future holds some potentially interesting developments.
“There has never been more of a focus on health and wellbeing across a variety of industries, and this is only going to increase over the coming decades as society becomes more aware of how important sleep is to our health and overall wellbeing.
“We know that having a good night’s sleep is scientifically proven to play a major role in our physical health, but it can also play a huge role in our mental health as well. As it stands in 2020 there’s apps designed to help you drift off to sleep, ones to help you meditate and keep anxiety at bay and tech such as this will only have an increased focus when it comes to sleep and bedrooms in the future.
“Increasingly, we’re seeing people use technology to track the length and quality of their sleep as well as using it to combat and monitor stress and anxiety. In the future, we anticipate that everyone will be able to use this technology to adapt their sleep environments to suit their own individual sleep needs, whether that’s creating bespoke sleep sounds to play as you get in and out of bed or recommend calming sleep meditations based on your stress levels.
“We also know that certain smells can help soothe and relax the body, helping you drift off into a deeper and more restful sleep. Ideas and practices from aromatherapy are already starting to be brought into the bedding industry with the creation of things like scented pillows and duvets designed to induce a better quality of sleep. In 30 years, this will be common place, with most bedrooms using scented pillows and duvets to help encourage deeper sleep.
Temperature control & technology
“Temperature is a crucial factor in determining a sound night’s sleep. Become too hot and you’ll be uncomfortable, but equally no one wants to be shivering in bed. Of course, ideal sleep conditions and habits are unique to everyone and when it comes to the future it will all be about tailoring sleep conditions to your own needs.
“Think intuitive duvets and pillows that will feature intelligent technology, all designed to sense your body temperature and adapt the tog rating or warmth of the material within to suit your needs in that moment. On top of this, we will also see an increase in the use of natural materials and intelligent active ingredients within bedding that’s designed to control the micro-climate around your body and regulate temperature.
“And, with tech infiltrating most areas of our lives in 2020, fast forward 30 years and it’s likely it will play an even more integral role, especially in aiding our wellbeing. Sensors or monitors could be built into sheets, duvets, pillows and mattress covers to check how we’re sleeping, with reports offering suggestions for improving this, sent through to our phones or computers to digest.
“Sustainability is a big issue in the bedding industry right now and the subject of sustainability as a whole is certainly a topic of importance for everyone in the UK. This means it’s likely to be one of the areas where we see the most substantial developments when it comes to the future of the home.
“As it stands too many pillows, duvets and mattresses are ending up at landfill sites across the country but in the future, bedding will use purely recycled or sustainable materials to help combat this. Here at Slumberdown, we used recycled fillings and materials in a number of our products and are striving towards creating a fully recyclable duvet in the near future.
“Indeed, in the future within the bedding industry we anticipate a closed loop operation and more considered outline approach to production as a whole. The closed loop operation means products within any industry are created using recycled materials, then at the end of their life consumers can recycle them before they are washed and made into new recycled fibres ready for the next products.
“As part of a considered approach to sourcing materials, in the coming decades there will be increased attention on traceability so that manufacturers can be even more confident in the heritage and sustainability of the materials that they use.”