Ford Introduces Bed That Moves Mattress-Hogging Sleepers Back To Their Side
It's a problem that can spell the end for even the strongest of relationships - the bed-hogger is the worst kind of person.
Most of us manage to get into bed, lie down, and make it through the night with no major issues. However, there is a small but very irritating percentage who turn into a roving monsters that refuse to stay on their side of the bed, pushing their long-suffering partners closer and closer to the edge.
Well, those days could be a thing of the past as Ford has invented a bed to end this living nightmare.
The Lane-Keeping Bed automatically rolls the offender back over to their side - c'mon, these things are agreed in advance - as soon as they trigger the bed's pressure sensors, thereby saving sleep-deprived partners from clinging uncomfortably to the end of the bed.
The car giant made the breakthrough by adapting its lane-centring technology, which is used to make sure drivers stay in the middle of their lane.
Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley said humans are very sensitive to any kind of disturbance when they are asleep.
He said: "When sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed.
"Humans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so we're programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly.
"If someone moves on to your side of the bed, this defence mechanism will kick in and you'll have a broken night, often while they continue to sleep soundly. I've seen it ruin relationships."
It's not all good news, however, as with no plans to put them on general sale to the public, there could be a while to wait until the scourge of the selfish sleeper is eradicated once and for all.
According to Ford, the manufacturer has decided to keep its Lane-Keeping Assist technology to itself for now.
Anthony Ireson, of Ford in Europe, said: "We thought that showing how similar thinking could be applied to a bed would be a great way to highlight to drivers a technology that they might not previously have been aware of."
If you can't wait and are still finding yourself being kept up all night by your other half's infuriating habits, the US military might have a simple trick which can virtually guarantee anyone to asleep in just 120 seconds.
The method is revealed in a book titled 'Relax and Win: Championship Performance' and is said to have a 96 percent success rate of helping people to nod off - even on the battlefield.
So how's it done?
Step One: Relax your facial muscles. That includes your jaw, tongue, and the muscles around your eyes.
Step Two: Quit hunching those shoulders! Drop them as low as possible before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, then the other.
Step Three: Breathe out and relax your chest. Then, relax your legs, starting with the thighs and then your lower legs.
Step Four: After ten seconds of deep relaxation, completely clear your mind.
For this final step, the book's author Lloyd Bud Winter suggests picturing one of these three images to help you hit slumber town.
- Lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you
- Being snuggled up in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room
- Saying 'don't think, don't think, don't think' over and over for ten seconds
Come on, Ford, we've put up with this for long enough.
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