Self-adapting bed that moves you into optimal positions while you sleep
Image credit: Smiaoer adjustable bed
Darko SavicAug 12, 2021
The idea is to create a bed that detects bad posture and gently moves you into optimal positions without disturbing your sleep.
Bad posture during sleeping obstructs breathing, compresses the vital organs and (hypothetically) over time worsens our overall posture.
A bed that reshapes
The entire cushion surface of the bed is lined with retractable padded bollards. They make it possible for the contour to reshape in any way need. That gives it the ability to gently provide support, move your limbs or even rotate you. All this goes on so quietly and slowly that you don't feel a thing.
If the bed detects snoring, it gently rotates you until your airways are unobstructed.
If you fall asleep on the side, the bed reshapes so that your spine is straight. This means your shoulder and hip sink down, the rib cage and neck are propped up.
The bed can feel your pulse and breathing rate. If it detects a change while moving you, it momentarily stops until you relax again.
Infra red cameras or even sonar make sure the bed knows your exact position at all times.
This was inspired by Samuel's padded pajamas idea.
Cary, Doug et al. “Identifying relationships between sleep posture and non-specific spinal symptoms in adults: A scoping review.” BMJ open vol. 9,6 e027633. 28 Jun. 2019, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027633
In fast interaction mode, the bed would adjust live, as you move. While you are awake it would only try to support you, but not actually move to correct you.
While you are asleep it would gently move you as you move so as to prevent you from even settling in bad positions. This would likely take a few days to get used to - similarly like when people have to get used to sleeping next to someone.