Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Sleep

girl with virtual reality headset outside

Turns out snoozing on your mattress at home is getting as old as watching black-and-white television. Recently, a six-month study dedicated to the future of sleep, led by award-winning scientist Ian Pearson, has investigated exactly what we can expect in our bedrooms in the next 10 to 15 years. Over the years, we’ve slowly integrated technology into sleep, but what’s next in the application of tech to bedtime is yet to come.

By 2030, there will be drastic changes in how we sleep with virtual reality. For example, you’ll be able to alter the content of your dreams with video, tactile and sensory experiences. You could also enjoy a shared, immersive dream experience with a family member or partner. It’ll also be possible to monitor your sleep patterns during dreams to diagnose medical conditions. Not only that – supposedly, sleep cycle alarms will gauge electrical activity in the brain to determine the best time for you to wake up, ensuring you’ll be well-rested to take on the day.

This next-level melding of technology into the way we sleep gets even crazier when you consider what it means for our hotel rooms. In 2030, hotel rooms will provide a comfortable resting experience using invisible technology which will monitor and anticipate any physical, mental or emotional needs to keep you happier. This would include using augmented reality to project movies and shows onto any surface for your entertainment, atmospheric temperature control so you can feel the ambiance of the woods or ocean, and outdoor sounds to complement this engaging experience. Potentially, you will even be able to change the look and feel of the room by selecting what texture or pattern of the furniture. Guests will be able to shop from the room using virtual reality technology, which will give you information about nearby tourist attractions or interesting products to buy.

Travelodge, the company who sponsored the study led by Ian Pearson, even created a mockup of what the future of sleeping and our hotel rooms would look like. In the simulation, you’d prospectively be able to render in 3D skins that change the room’s look or utilize interactive video panels. You could have dietary advice from nighttime monitoring technology and smart pillows that adjust to your body’s needs. It’s a fascinating look into where we’ll progress in the sleep world in 10 to 15 years, with all these innovations geared to revolutionizing how we get a good night’s rest.

 

Virtual reality may be the next big thing in sleep, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait around for a headset to get a better night’s rest. In the meantime, sip some reBloom the sleep on par with a VR-level snooze. 

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