Eight is the magic number for better sleep. With eight hours of sleep at night, we can take on the world the next day. Architects are working to help the 40% of Americans getting less than the recommended amount of sleep per night to get the rest they need, along with travelers around the world.

Not getting enough sleep is one of the worst things we can do for our health and wellness. Architects are considering the studies that show that high quality sleep can improve mental health, sustain mental and physical performance throughout the day, and prevent unhealthy weight gain.

The effects of insufficient sleep are stark – higher risks of depression, diabetes, heart attack, hypertension, and stroke.

But what if we could change our sleep behavior through our environment?

Better Sleep

Sleep Design Event Challenges Architects

Architects internationally are taking on this challenge by helping guests to get better sleep in the hospitality industry. If it’s hard for us to get the amount of sleep we need in our own beds, it’s even harder on the road. Unfamiliar environments with new sounds and smells, different pillows and blankets, jet lag, and so many other factors keep us from sleeping well when we travel – which is a workplace whammy for business travelers.

Because when we sleep well, we also work well. Research shows that those with a good night of sleep can be up to 3.5% more productive the next day compared to their sleep deprived counterparts.

Sleep is “Europe’s hotel design event” serving as an essential gathering opportunity for the global hotel design, development, and architecture community.

One of the key elements of the event, the Sleep Set, pitches design firms against each other to create a new and innovative guestroom experience that pushes the boundaries of what we have seen before.

This year, the Sleep Set focuses on the “Science of Tribes,” a new approach to assessing the socio-demographic divisions of society published by the research and consulting institute Sinus. The Established tribe, Intellectual tribe, Performer tribe, Digital Avant-garde tribe and the Sensory Oriented tribe themes will be taken on by Mitsui Designtec, WOW Architects, Studio PROOF, Gensler, and Aukett Swanke.

The diverse group of firms will present how their assigned tribe prefers to live and get better sleep in foreign spaces.

How these firms incorporate wellness into their respective Sleep Sets will be revealed throughout the event on November 22-23 in London. Will they incorporate elements to improve air quality, increase natural lighting, or create comfort? What do the different “Tribes” seem to expect from their guestrooms?  And, most importantly, could we sleep longer and more deeply in one of these rooms?

Check back after the event to see how – and if – these questions were answered during the design competition, and who was crowned the winner. You can also follow @sleepevent on Twitter and #sleep16 to see how each propose to rest easy.

Pia Engle


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  1. Cool! I will be interested to see if any elements of biophilic design, such as circadian rhythm lighting, are incorporated into the solutions. Great find Pia!


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