La Sieste is an outreach project from IKEA that makes up a fleet of cargo bikes that carry sleeping capsules for people to take naps in while cyclists cart them around the streets of Paris.
We could all use a nap. The pandemic has changed our relationship with sleep and many across the globe experience sleeping issues as a result of the quarantine. According to a SleepStandards study, 98% of people in the US have developed new sleep problems post-lockdown. Thankfully, we can always nap and IKEA’s got our back. Hitting the streets of Paris from August 30 to September 3, IKEA launched La Sieste, a fleet of cargo bikes that cart sleeping capsules with beds around the city where people can take power naps in before returning to work.
In the midst of semi-returning to the office, we’re tired. Today’s workspaces have moved to the home and the lack of certainty around when we’ll be fully returning to the office is hanging us in an exhausting limbo. This newfound lack of sleep across the globe seems to be both a cause and effect of lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic. Part-marketing strategy, part-wellness boost–IKEA’s La Sieste bike fleet will comprise of sleeping capsules outfitted with IKEA furnishings, such as a mattress, cushions, sheets, duvets, curtains, pillows, and bed frame. Nappers will have the option of blacking out their IKEA La Sieste capsule with heavy curtains or leaving the curtains pulled back for a brief, 30-minute micro-tour of the avenues in Paris.
When the itch for a nap comes, don’t yawn it away–take a trip around Paris in one of IKEA’s La Sieste sleeping capsules. Nappers will only have to post to their socials by mentioning @IKEAfrance on Instagram or tweeting @IKEA_france on Twitter with the hashtag #lasiesteIKEA. From there, a cyclist will slide into your DMs and confirm your nap before picking you up to catch some Zs.
Kirby: he eats everything in sight. Including your bad dreams, thanks to this Kirby sleep pillow. Designed with a detachable tongue cushion, you can stick your head in Kirby’s mouth and just let all your daily woes slip away. The only thing that would make it better is if it had a white-noise machine that made a sucking sound.
Originally released by Bandai for $97, it appears all the official units have sold out and been replaced with units of… questionable authenticity on Amazon (affiliate link), albeit for a much more reasonable $23 – $28. Just remember that you get what you pay for, and in this case, you will be paying for a Pink Sucky Blob Pillow.
Obviously, we should try to get a leg-up on the trend and start selling Big Mouth Yellow Pellet Eater pillows before the officially licensed Pac-Man pillows even hit the market. Get rich quick scheme – or cease-and-desist scheme?! Probably the latter.
If you’re anything like me, the past year has wreaked havoc on your sleep schedule. Some of it is good — if you no longer have to commute, you’ve probably snuck in an extra hour or two of sleep in the morning, or might even sneak away for a midday na...
Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? Is it so bad and specific you need a fried chicken-shaped pillow with an integrated pouch for your phone so you can play audio of chicken frying just so you can fall asleep? Well, you’re in luck, because Japanese brand Fellisimo just released the Mocchiri Juicy Karaage (“Springy Juicy Fried Chicken”) pillow. I want one, but my wife is going to get pissed if I eat another pillow.
Available in three very slightly different styles (“small and easy to eat” [left]; “so good you’ll want to save it for the end of the meal” [middle]; and “the best ratio of meat and skin” [right]), the pillows cost 3,300 yen apiece, or around $32. Alternatively, you could get a 12-piece meal with 3 large sides and 6 biscuits from KFC for the same price and cuddle that to sleep. Who doesn’t like waking up greasy?
The pillows include a pouch to hold your smartphone, and you’re encouraged to play the ASMR YouTube video of chicken sizzling and frying provided by Fellisimo (have a listen for yourself below). I tried relaxing to it, but honestly, it just made me hungry. And do you know what happens when I get hungry right before going to sleep? I eat pillows. True story: my wife used the parental controls to block the Food Network in the bedroom.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and begins again. During sleep, when throat muscles are too relaxed, they expand and obstruct airways, disrupting the flow of oxygen throughout the body. There are assistive devices such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), whose purpose is to increase air pressure in your throat so that the muscles surrounding it do not become too relaxed to the point of obstructive expansion. Carmen Maier, the designer behind Lune, imagined a different approach.
Lune, a holistic training and monitoring system for people with sleep apnea trouble, encourages a sound sleep by stimulating oral muscles around the throat by means of pulsating electrodes. Inspired by the male frog’s mate calling technique, which is when the male frog lifts his head upwards in order to produce mighty ribbits, Lune incorporates an integrated airbag into the sleeping assistive device in order to maintain an upright position for their head, which in turn promotes steady, open airflow. Then, during sleep, Lune uses sensors to determine whether or not the user’s breathing canals are blocked. If the user’s throat muscles are too relaxed, causing the tongue to recede backward, blocking the flow of oxygen between the lungs and brain, then Lune gently pulsates electrodes over the throat area. The pulsating electrodes trigger the user’s nervous system to swallow, which then sets the tongue back to a neutral, alert position. Through this reimagination of a CPAP device, the user’s oral muscles are strengthened, which brings the possibility of long-lasting sleep improvements. Along with the product’s main feature of improving the flow of oxygen throughout the user’s body, its charging station integrates a fully-operative alarm clock, smartphone connectivity, and analysis software that tracks your sleeping habits, providing a visual guide to your personal sleep improvements.
By researching the needs and considerations of people with sleep apnea, along with the knowledge and science from doctors and engineers, Carmen Maier devised a product that ensures a good night’s sleep without requiring lifestyle changes from the user. While most CPAP designs provide a lot of relief in regard to airflow, this machine does that and also strengthens your breathing capabilities all while you’re sound asleep.
Not everyone is a morning person, and I admit I am so far removed from that audience that I could actually make friends with a bunch of owls instead of being included in their group. I am sure many of us here, including me, want to wake up in the morning but either we don’t hear our alarms because we choose a soft tune or we awaken with rage because we chose a super-upbeat loud song. What we need is a more natural wake up call, something aligned with the body’s circadian rhythms which the Mudita Bell calming alarm clock knows how to do.
Most of us scroll through our social media apps before bed and the blue light exposure keeps our brain alert even after we keep the phone down. This calming alarm clock wants to replace the screen-scrolling so we can get rest according to our natural sleep cycles – a key in waking up rested and relaxed. It has an E-Ink screen which means you aren’t actually looking at a screen but at the ink that is programmed to move to create visuals, thus reducing your exposure to blue light. Limiting screen time helps us fall us asleep sooner and also into a deeper slumber which is crucial if you want to stop waking up grumpy or tired. The minimalist design of the clock has a soothing effect on your eyes which is important considering it is the last thing you see before bed and the first thing you see when you wake up.
It all starts with “Let me just check the time” or “I’ll just check if my alarm is on” and we descend into the notifications rabbit hole. With this Mudita alarm clock and the E-Ink screen, you can track time and set your alarms without being lured into scrolling through your apps. The alarm wakes you up with gentle acoustic sounds that don’t make you want to smash it. It also includes a sensor to track the air quality in your room and sometimes making small changes like adding a humidifier (based on what the air quality is) can make our sleeping patterns healthier. To make it a well-rounded health and wellness product, this alarm clock also has a meditation timer that comes pre-set with different meditation lengths and simple instructions to guide you through them. Now we really have no reason to wake up groggy so let’s make 2020 the year of the morning people!
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While ‘mouth-breather’ has now found itself as a harmless, childish insult in cult-Netflix-series Stranger Things, breathing through one’s mouth is considered easier, but less healthy… especially during exercise. Breathing through one’s nose results in air making its way directly into one’s lungs, while the nose’s internal mechanisms trap dust and debris, making the air you inhale cleaner. It’s often considered a good practice to inhale through one’s nose, and exhale through the mouth, but not everyone is blessed with clear nasal pathways.
With as many as 6 patents (and 9 pending ones), Intake turns mouth-breathers into nose-breathers. Unlike those nose-strips that promise to work but fail to deliver on most accounts, Intake has a pretty straight-forward way of widening your nasal passages. Intake’s nose-breathing solution relies on two simple steps. Intake’s kits provide adhesive-strips with magnets on them that fasten to each side of your nose, right above the nostrils. A precursory alcohol-wipe makes sure the skin around your nose is free of dirt, dead skin-cells, or skin-oils that would cause the magnetic strips to fall off. The next step is fastening Intake’s nasal bridge across your nose. The relatively rigid bridge attracts the magnets towards it, pulling gently on your nostrils to widen them. With wider nasal pathways, it’s much easier to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth. Intake’s design solution is non-invasive, discreet, and works even through the sweatiest of workouts (and even in the rain)!
While mouth-breathing is an easier and faster way to get oxygen into your system, your mouth isn’t equipped with the same oxygen-delivery and microparticle-trapping mechanisms as your nose. Breathing solely through your mouth causes your mouth to dry up faster (making you thirsty often), while also increasing risks of chronic allergies and even breathing problems like asthma. Breathing through one’s mouth while asleep can even increase chances of sleep-apnea, while also causing halitosis, or bad breath. Intake’s sleek, barely-noticeable solution is perfect for both athletes as well as regular people. Its tiny design doesn’t obstruct your view, and even allows you to wear gear like masks, goggles, helmets, and glasses on top of it. Designed to make nose-breathing easy for everyone, Intake can be easily snapped on or off whenever needed, and can be used anywhere, in the gym, while skiing, swimming, jogging, riding, or even when sleeping!
Designers: Sebastian Fraye, Billy Hanke Jr. & Lucas Williamson
The world’s first magnetic nasal band that opens your nasal passageways to their widest capacity, allowing you to experience full, deep breathing.
Intake works by allowing you to breathe through your nose even at increased heart rates, unlocking a physiological process that helps your body build strength and increase resilience–even in the face of the most challenging training regimens. Because you’re breathing more efficiently, you’ll be performing more efficiently, whether you’re a hardcore athlete or someone who just wants to give their body the best edge it can get.
Left: Without Intake. Middle: With standard breathing strip. Right: With Intake.
The Intake Advantage
Traditional nasal strips can’t compare to the Intake Band. Intake opens your nasal passages far wider than nasal strips, stays on through sweaty exercise, and doesn’t collapse upon inhale.
What some of their early GEN 1 users have said.
Below: How Does It Work?
Step 1 – Clean each side of your nose with an included alcohol wipe to remove any dirt or oils from the skin.
Step 2 – Using the applicator, apply one adhesive tab to each nostril just above the pinch point. Press the edges of the tab into your skin.
Step 3 – Apply the Intake band over your nose. The magnetic ends of the band will “click” into the tabs, opening your nose.
Why Nose Breathing?
INCREASE NITRIC OXIDE – Nitric Oxide is formed in the nasal cavity, and it’s vital to your body’s function. It’s a vasodilator, which means it allows your blood vessels to relax so that blood flow increases and your body is able to deliver more oxygen to your muscles and organs. This means optimal endurance and stamina, and faster recovery.
BOOST COGNITIVE FUNCTION – Nasal breathing stimulates the amygdala and hippocampus, balancing your mood and improving short term memory and focus. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with feelings of centeredness and relaxation.
MAINTAIN HEALTH – Breathing exclusively through your nose protects your immune system in two ways: your nose filters particulates and humidifies the air reaching your lungs, which cuts down on inflammation, and the nitric oxide in your sinus cavity acts as an antimicrobial, helping to inhibit pathogen growth before it can enter your body.
Many of their test phase users have also used Intake for sleep, and have reported feeling more rested and energized upon waking. Deepen your sleep, cut down on snoring, and utilize your breathing like never before.