We've written about insomnia curing beds before (a number of times), but now we have even more news to share. For €9,000 (around $11,000) Panasonic in Japan will sell you the Restino - a bed that makes you so comfortable, it's almost impossible to stay awake. Similar to the Hôtel de Marc's Sleep Pod, the bed controls sound and lighting according to how comfortable it determines you to be. The bed monitors you throughout the night and as morning approaches, it gradually wakes you up.
Before you rush out with your cold, hard cash though, take a look at this article from the New York Times - not only is there an even more expensive bed out there ($60,000 worth of slumber), they ask two doctors from the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx whether a better mattress really is the secret to curing insomnia.
Their conclusion? It's very thorough - so you should take a read yourself. The key sentence we took away from reading their advice was this:
No clear benefit of any mattress type has been shown.
Perhaps you should save your money and spend that $60,000 on something else, instead.
Last updated: July 6, 2010