It’s not just children who love a lullaby to fall asleep to. Lots of adults find it easier to drop off after listening to some soothing music.
So the latest gizmo – combining a bed with a music system – could be perfect for those who like to play their favourite tracks before heading to dreamland, who want to spend a relaxing Sunday morning with some tunes and breakfast in bed, or who want to make sweet music with their other half.
Developed by Time4Sleep, the Sound Bed comes with twin stereo speakers and a subwoofer fitted into the headboard and an AUX connection, which means you can connect up your iPod or any other MP3 player.
The bed comes in a single, so could also be used for a teenager’s bedroom, double or king sizes and there’s a control panel fitted on the side, which allows you to easily adjust the volume and bass settings.
Huddersfield-based Time4Sleep believes its new bed would be perfect for smaller homes where space is paramount.
The company’s owner Jonathan Warren, owner of Time4Sleep, said: “This bed frame allows anyone to have their own private music station.
“As our bedrooms become smaller, TV beds and, indeed, the Sound Bed, are a great way to save on previous space and yet add that little bit of luxury to the home.”
The styling of the Sound Bed is contemporary, with leather upholstery and frame-cubed corners, with prices starting at £299 for the single.
The innovation comes after recent research found listening to 45 minutes of relaxing music before trying to get some shut eye can make for a more restful night.
Researchers in Taiwan studied the sleep patterns of 60 elderly people who were having trouble getting to sleep.
Participants were given a choice of music to listen to before going to sleep, or could choose to listen to nothing at all. The music featured soft, slow music – which had around 60 to 80 beats per minute – such as orchestral, folk or jazz pieces.
Authors of the study, which was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, said they found those who listened to music benefitted from physical changes that helped them sleep, including a lower heart and respiratory rate. Those who took part reported their sleep patterns had improved by 35%, with them slumbering for longer during the night.
Professor Hui-Ling Lai, from the University of Taiwan, said: “The music group reported a 26% overall improvement in the first week and this figure continued to rise as they mastered the technique of relaxing into sedative music.”
And Professor Jim Horne, of Loughborough’s renowned Sleep Research Centre, agreed. “If anyone is a bit agitated before they go to bed then anything that can help calm them down and relax is a good thing,” he said.
So, next time you’re suffering from insomnia, don’t bother counting sheep, put on some jazz instead. A little bit of Miles Davis, Nat King Cole or Mary Lou Williams may just help you get a decent night’s sleep.