Today’s typical sleep setting is not too far from the way it was 77,000 years ago. The oldest bed in the world is 77,000 years old, found in South Africa by a team of archaeologists. Measuring two square meters and a depth of 30 cm, it was made of reeds and rushes covered with a leaf repelling insects. Big enough for a family, certainly quite comfortable.
Since then, our sleep arrangements have developed very slowly. The bed frame may have lifted the body from the damp and windy floor inhabited by insects, mice, and other nocturnal biting creatures, but many humans remained as uncomfortable at night as those who sleep in the first bed, thousands of years ago.
The oldest bed in England, 400 years old and used for 15 generations, can be found at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire. However, the real revolution in bedroom design appeared to take place from the 17th century onwards, when special rooms for beds began to appear.
Bedrooms evolved when European home designs changed, and privacy became valuable and possible. This shift occured when houses began to revolve around stairs giving landings, corridors and nests of private rooms that are no longer connected to each other in a sequence that is too communal. Before that, even kings and queens could only hope for personal moments on a bed covered in curtains in a much larger space.
Before the advent of plumbing and modern bathrooms, the bedroom doubled as a space where people would wash and take care of themselves, like in traditional Japanese homes where sliding screens and folding mattresses were used, the bedroom could be changed in a matter of moments to a living room, wash room, dining room or study. Not much different, thus, from some customizable ‘small living’ spaces that can be found in today’s most populous cities. No matter what the size of your bedroom is, fitted wardrobes offer great space-saving benefits and the perfect place for ultimate organisation of all your clothes and belongings. For Hampshire Fitted Wardrobes, visit lamco-design.co.uk/fitted-wardrobes/
In the Western world, private bedrooms have evolved into the main hub of typical homes: playrooms for children, hiding places for teenagers, offices for home workers and, in many cases in the 21st century, a hideout resembling a hotel suite, complete with en-suite bathroom, luxury duvet, flat screen television, quiet lighting and digital devices.
The imagined concept for future bedrooms includes mattresses that can clean themselves, biometric sensors, and holographic entertainment systems. Technology, however, represents a double-edged sword for our sleep patterns.
While technological advancements have helped us find sleep materials that are more comfortable and create an almost perfect environment for deep sleep, technology has also led to a modern epidemic of inefficient sleep. The blue light emitting from our devices is now keeping us awake when we should be sleeping instead of online shopping or scrolling through social media!