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CShine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 04:03 PM
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Room Designed That Puts Customers to Sleep
TOKYO (AP) -- In fading light, the murmur of a cool stream soothes your jangled nerves. Your back is slowly massaged, stretching muscles exhausted from the long commute home. Before you know it, you're fast asleep. It sounds like treatment you might get at an exotic resort. But a Japanese company has developed a sleep machine system it says will deliver a full eight hours of Z's in your own bedroom.

Matsushita Electric Works will open its "Sleep Room" to the public in Tokyo next week, giving the weary a chance to get a scientific take on their sleep patterns - and take a nap.

With sleep disorders a rising concern in Japan, the company is betting the elaborate system, which includes a special bed, wide- screen TV and sound-absorbent walls, will cater to a growing market.

"We think that if we put all of these things together, we can solve some of the sleeping problems in Japan," said Takahiro Heiuchi, a Matsushita official running the demonstration.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/J/JAPAN_SLEEP_...
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 04:10 PM
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1. Sleeping disorders are a symptom of other problems
Edited on Fri Jun-11-04 04:12 PM by DemsUnite
Address, and bring balance to those concerns, and there is no need for this "product."

You can change where you sleep, but not what you dream.

(on edit: typo)
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schultzee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 07:00 PM
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9. The noise level today is twice what it was 10 years ago. Car
stero speakers are so loud they make windows rattle.
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JayS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-12-04 12:27 AM
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14. We have those boom cars also but the police are really...
...cool about giving the kids reasons to cut out the boom. :)
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POed_Ex_Repub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 04:39 PM
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2. Or they could go to my old high school.. it always worked for me
:boring:
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Rebellious Republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 05:41 PM
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5. Bwahahaha, that was good POed ! N/T



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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 07:12 PM
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10. actually, that would work ...
And not just because of the curriculum! A lot of institutional buildings are cheaply designed, and poor air circulation DOES contribute to people dozing off. The college I work at attempted to save money by shutting down the ventilation system to make heating "more efficient" -- a lot of students got sleepy, nauseated, and complained of headaches.

Hey, maybe the school could make some money by renting out rooms -- a few minutes in the bad air and insomniacs would be keeling over left and right.
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LifeDuringWartime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 04:47 PM
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3.  too bad they're $30,000
or i'd buy one. my insomnia has been very bad in the past. i started taking 3mg of melatonin supplements every night but eventually it stopped doing anything.
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 05:19 PM
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4. will it keep my cat from waking me up at 3 am?
that is the real key to 8 uninterrupted hours.
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 05:43 PM
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7. Or you could kill your cat! (evil grin)
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Rebellious Republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 05:44 PM
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8. Mine waits till precisely 6:00 am, have not used an alarm clock
in years. :+




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samhonk Donating Member (467 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 05:43 PM
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6. I just want to know
why they held Reagan's funeral service there. That was a dumb idea. :)
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mike1963 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 07:37 PM
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11. LOL, you beat me to that one!
:D
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Sabriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 08:41 PM
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12. How long does it work?
Will I be able to sleep until November 2? That would be worth $30,000, if you ask me.
Sabriel
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-12-04 12:16 AM
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13. We have a room like that at my company!
It's the conference room where we present strategic planning alternatives to our clients.

Works without fail!
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