By: Abigail Cooper-market researcher for Beds Divans, the UK’s leading bed and mattress provider.
In 2021, the Office for National Statistics published a report which examined the attitudes of businesses and individuals about future working practices after the Covid-19 pandemic. A survey revealed that 24% of businesses intend on increasing remote working practices, with communications and information recording the highest percentage, at 49%.
As working from home continues to be a common practice for many people, for some remote workers, space for a full workstation may not be an option, which means working from their bed is their only choice. A 2021 survey by The better sleep council highlights this issue further, with figures revealing that 28% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 34 admitted to working in bed. Whilst this situation may present a problem for remote workers, for bed manufacturers, this presents the perfect opportunity.
Research conducted by Beds Divans shows that the demand for integrated bed desk technologies has continued to rise. In August 2021, global searches for terms related to bed desks reached a staggering 240,540, with a total of 47,890 of those searches coming from the UK. Additional research found that In the height of lockdown, searches for the term “bed desk” was searched an average of 19,000 per month globally, with the UK queries accounting for 16% of these searches. Comparatively, prior to the pandemic, searches for “bed desk” in the UK were down by 55%, with estimated figures at 2,000 searches per month. Whilst fascinating, these findings bring to light several questions; can UK bed manufacturers keep up with this demand? Will the demand for integrated bed desk bed technologies continue to rise in the foreseeable future? Only time will tell.
Mattress Driven Technology
A study published in Applied Ergonomics found that new mattresses improved sleep quality by 61% and reduced back pain by 56%. Simply put, sleeping on a good mattress can be the difference between a relaxing night’s sleep and one that leaves you waking up tired and groggy.
Traditionally, mattresses consisted of one layer of slab foam with basic and rather minimal contour support. However, In recent years, with the aid of scientific advancements , manufacturers have been able to design mattresses that cater to the unique needs of the human body. Today’s most advanced mattress styles are focused on helping you sleep soundly and comfortably, without causing you to toss or turn all night long, due to pain and discomfort.
With so many products on the market promising you a better night’s sleep, it can be hard to choose the right one. Below we’ll examine some of the latest mattress technologies that can help you sleep better.
Memory foam mattresses are a perfect example of scientific innovation and mattress design coming together. Memory foam mattresses do not contain internal springs, instead they consist of layers of soft foam which use the body’s heat to conform to the contours of the body.
Memory foam mattresses adjust instantly to your body’s shape in response to pressure points, unlike traditional mattresses that can take days or weeks to break in. In addition to its high density core, it also has several layers of foam that provide support and comfort; the foam layers in turn respond to pressure exerted on all sides. This mattress’s soft foam composition offers greater comfort and orthopedic support, alleviating stress and pain on the body’s joints.
Memory foam mattress are extremely versatile and are capable of adapting to all types of bodies and even serving as an alternative solution for pregnant women. The polyurethane foam core of these mattresses makes them great for people who need extra support without having to use a separate base layer.
The memory foam mattress isn’t the only mattress available in the market that provides more personalised support. In recent years, organic latex mattresses have dominated the mattress market. A latex mattress combines latex foam with springs or reflex foam for a firm yet comfortable sleeping surface
Each natural latex mattress includes a layer of cotton and wool, alongside a soft material that is made from the sap of rubber trees. The mattress is crafted with soft, pure, organic cotton to provide a luxurious feel with springs that are individually positioned to target every part of the body. Research by Bed Divans found that latex mattress users enjoy superior sleep quality and experience the most customer satisfaction compared to other mattresses. Latex mattresses are rated as the best among mattresses on the market with an average rating of 4.62 of 5 stars.
Organic latex mattresses offer improved spinal, back, and joint support for individuals who suffer from back and spinal pain. As opposed to memory foam mattresses, organic latex mattresses utilize an internal spring system to provide their users with a firm to medium surface. As a result of its innovative design, this mattress offers a myriad of benefits, including increased pressure support for improved spinal alignment, as well as comfort and pain relief for the body’s joints.
These mattresses have carefully designed internal pockets that increase airflow and help you stay cooler at night so you can get a deeper sleep. Furthermore, organic latex mattresses are best suited to people with sensitive skin, making them an ideal choice for people suffering from uncomfortable conditions like eczema and rashes.
Almost all of this high-tech mattress innovation could have profound effects on our sleep routines and our aging process in the future. Sleep is likely to become a more significant topic in the future with the advancement of technology and we can’t wait.