Sunday, July 3, 2011
The absorption principle
In his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says that international hotel chain Crowne Plaza is testing a ‘snore absorption’ room to see if it will help guests sleep better.
Amongst its bag of tricks are walls lined with foam shaped like the bottom of egg-boxes to stop noise reverberating around the room, sound-absorbing bed-heads, and anti-snoring pillows that use magnetic fields to open a person’s airways and stiffen the upper palate – that when soft vibrates during deep breathing and thus creates snoring.
There is also an ‘anti-snoring wedge’ built into the bed that makes it uncomfortable for people to sleep on their backs – often a major contributor to snoring – and forces them to sleep on their sides.
The ‘snore absorption’ room is being trialled in the Crowne Plaza London The City, and nine other hotels in the chain in Europe and the Middle East.
A spokesman said that a survey had found that half of couples complained about partners spoiling their holiday by snoring, and it was hoped that the ‘snore absorption’ room would go a long way towards helping these people get a more restful sleep – and thus enjoy their holiday more.