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‘Floating Bed' Rocks You To Sleep By Mimicking Womb Motion, Beats Insomnia

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 20/04/2012 12:47 Updated: 20/04/2012 12:50

Flaoting Bed

Whether you're indulging in a night of unbridled passion or simply slipping under freshly washed sheets after a busy day at work, few places can compete with the heavenly sanctuary that is your own bed.

But while some of life’s happiest moments are spent under the covers, for those who suffer from insomnia, lying wide awake at 3am, tossing and turning in sweaty, tangled sheets, can be tortuous.

But they're not alone. Britain is a nation of insomniacs, according to a recent sleep study.

The Mental Health Foundation found that nearly a third of Brits suffer from insomnia - and those are just the people who are desperate enough to speak to their GPs.

Disturbed sleep patterns could also be the underlying cause of many health problems. Scientists have found after discovering a link between disrupted sleep patterns and the gene that controls the immune system.

"Lack of sleep can lead to low energy and concentration levels, depression, immune deficiency, relationship problems, weight gain (as the mind tries to boost energy by making us eat more), and even serious medical problems such as heart disease," says cognitive hypnotherapist, Lesley McCall.

Using this information, a US-based design company, has come up with a novel idea of combating insomnia – a floating bed.

The company, aptly named, The Floating Bed Company, claims their beds (which resemble a hanging teepee) promote a wide range of health benefits as they gently rock you to sleep.

According to the website, the floating motion, inspired by the way babies 'float' in the womb, has been scientifically proven to create a calming effect and activates a “deep, powerful relaxation response and even improves dreams".

The floating sensation is said to send a calm signal to our vestibular system (the sensory system that controls balance and movement).

Other health benefits from sleeping on a ‘Omni-Pendulum’ motion bed include increased energy levels, better circulation and better oxygenation in your lungs.

“Rocking creates a pumping action that increases circulation between spinal discs and other joints, bathing your cells in fresh nutrients. The nervous system recognises this and sends signals of pleasure to encourage you to continue,” states the website.

Would you try one?

Find out whether scientists have finally cracked the 'insomnias curse' and discover how you can have 'sweet dreams' at a touch of a button...

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  • What Your Sleeping Position Says About Your Personality

  • Foetus

    "Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. The foetus is the most common sleeping position, with women more likely to adopt this position than men."

  • Starfish

    "Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention."

  • Freefaller

    "Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations."

  • Soldier

    "Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards."

  • Yearner

    "People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it."

  • Log

    "Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible."