Sleep has changed a lot over the course of human history, and it should come as no surprise. As we’ve evolved as a species, so has our relationship to sleep.
In prehistoric times and long afterward, sleep used to be sectioned off into two parts, similar to the way siestas work in European cultures. The ‘first sleep’ period would allow us to rest before taking on the problems of the day, and the ‘second sleep’ would give us the ability to relax after the completion of our daily routine. In certain cultures and climates that deal with long, dramatic winters, the lack of light dictated its own kind of sleeping patterns, leading human populations to live out their own version of hibernation in the colder months.
Today, we approach sleep in a much different way. Even though the science of sleep remains largely a mystery, there are a few things we’ve been able to figure out through brain study and medical sleep trials. In 1929, scientists started studying brain patterns during sleep, leading to the sleep science we use today to gain better control over nighttime comfort levels and allow ourselves to reach a deeper level of relaxation during sleep.
If there’s one thing we know today that we didn’t know before, it’s that having the right mattress has the power to shift our sleep in ways previous civilizations couldn’t have dreamed of. Long gone are the wooden planks of the Spartan army and the uncomfortable, hard mattresses of the Elizabethan era. Today, we know that the quality of our sleep has a lot to do with the quality of our mattresses. The trickier part of trying to achieve better sleep quality is finding a way to make a mattress change and grow to suit our own needs. Our bodies and sleep patterns change as we get older, so why shouldn’t our mattresses be able to reflect this? What’s to stop scientists from eventually creating a mattress that not only changes with our bodies, but anticipates its needs?
The good news is that we’re practically there. AST is in the process of developing a new and exciting technology that turns your bed into a smart bed, fully able to adjust itself to your needs and the changing needs of your body. Imagine being a great sleeper in your 20s, only to mature into your 30s and realize that the same sleeping habits simply aren’t cutting it. We are on a mission to develop one single mattress line (air, foam or spring) that can take you through decades of your life, adapting to your every physical and hormonal variance throughout the years.
After decades of struggling to understand the science of sleep, it seems like we are finally close to cracking the code and look forward to bringing technology to the mattress industry. We invite you to follow our journey, keep an eye on our website and social media for updates!