TOKYO, JAPAN - Sleep deprived? Just can't seem to get a good night's rest? Ever thought to catch up on that all important sleep in a bed halfway up the Sony Building in Ginza, Japan?
Now you can. (Watch the video)
A bed perched high up on the side of building may be an unusual place to sleep but it does highlight the fact that given the right conditions, a person can sleep almost anywhere.
And sleep is as important as diet and exercise when it comes to a nation's health.
Sleep deprivation in Japan is becoming a national problem according to a survey commissioned by ANA Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts.
Long working hours, weekends at the office, watching television late at night, working at the computer before going to bed, not enough light exercise - they're all contributing factors that lead to sleep deprivation.
And as a result of this survey, ANA Crowne Plaza, in particular, has elevated the focus on helping guests get a good night's sleep.
One in three businesspeople said they faced trouble sleeping while travelling for either business or leisure and most said they had 'no time' to implement simple measures to promote better sleep.
According to prominent sleep consultant, Arichika Iwata, some of these simple measures include:
- Light exercise a few hours before sleeping
- Unwinding in a warm bath
- Low-caffeine tea
- Using the right pillow for your personal needs
- Avoiding email or computer use before sleep
As a result of the findings of the survey, Mr Iwata supervised the development of ANA Crowne Plaza's Sleep AdvantageTM programme.
Every guest staying at ANA Crowne Plaza Hotels is provided with:
- Eye Warmer (Megurism Steam Eye Mask)
- Bath Powder-soothing and refreshing
- Low-caffeine Roasted Green Tea mixed with brown rice for the nighttime & Mint Green tea for the morning
- Leaflets offering advice for a comfortable night?s sleep
- A 'Pillow Menu' offering guests a selection of six types of pillows varying in thickness and softness for that perfect night's sleep
- Three types of aromatherapy oils