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Continued: Slumberland in Maplewood offers Bluetooth-enabled bed

  • Article by: CELIA AMPEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 9, 2013 - 11:16 AM

The market for adjustable beds and mattresses has grown in the past decade, but fell flat as the housing market suffered and disposable income declined. According to market research from IBISWorld, the industry will grow in the next few years as residential construction increases and consumers buy more household goods.

The report stated that the adjustable-bed industry, dominated by Select Comfort and Leggett & Platt, will attract new customers as technological innovations continue.

Internet-connected beds might be the wave of the future, but there’s a caveat — they aren’t particularly good for you.

“Unfortunately, you shouldn’t have technology or anything like that in the bedroom because it really disrupts sleep,” Mahoney said.

Backlighting on electronics is stimulating and prevents restful sleep. Furthermore, people associate their cellphones and computers with stress, which creates problems when they’re using them in the same place they sleep, according to the Better Sleep Council.

For now, if people insist on using computers from bed, at least they’ll be comfortable while they do it.

“If you have to work, you can [now] do it in the most ergonomically effective way from bed,” Tan said.

Celia Ampel • 612-673-4642

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