There are tons of gadgets out there aimed at helping us with the daunting task of falling asleep—weighted blankets, sound machines, noise blocking pillows, you name it. But these apartments in London take it one step further—okay, multiple steps—by designing entire rooms around the idea of falling and staying asleep.
Design-focused serviced apartment brand Cuckooz teamed up with a UK-based mattress company, Simba, to create three apartments in Spitalfields, which is close to Liverpool Street in London. The Cuckooz website describes the rooms as "expertly designed to take you on a journey to your perfect night’s sleep," which honestly, sounds like something I could use right now—and every night.
"The Woom Room" bed is the most interesting part of the sleep-inducing apartments—the frame itself uses slats of plywood fitted together to create a sense of being enclosed in a mother's womb, mimicking a cocoon-like design.
In an interview with Dwell, co-founder of Cuckooz, Fabiene O'Neil, reveals some details of each specific design.
"Designed to encourage REM-rich slumber—the type of sleep which increases brain activity, promotes learning, and creates dreams, the rooms engage with every sensorial touchpoint of the body," said O'Neil. "[This creates] a holistic ecosystem that enhances your sleep from the moment you step through the door, helping you to power down, recharge, and fight fatigue."
As soon as you walk in, you'll hear a curated playlist of cello music wafting through the rooms, which has been proved to reduce stress levels. Blackout blinds are fitted to each window with sound-absorbing curtains, and the apartments actually each have certain scents and colors that are supposed to help you nod off.
There are yoga mats, rocking chairs, dream-inspiring prints on the walls, and the meditation app Calm is ready to go on all devices. The rooms specifically use Lumie alarm clocks to mimic natural sunlight—so no annoying beeping will wake you up in the morning. You might want to borrow some of these ideas for your own bedroom, if you can't try it out firsthand.
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