SLEEPING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS
We’ve all been forced to sleep in some less than ideal conditions a few times in our lives. But for some professions, extreme sleeping conditions are part of the job description.
Considering the fact that our bedding utilizes a Certified Space Technology™, we thought it’d be best to examine how our friendly space companions retain a sense of normalcy and comfort in one of the most extreme sleeping conditions, sleeping in space.
SPACE STATION SPEED (mph)
AVERAGE AMOUNT OF SLEEP (HOURS)
HEIGHT ABOVE EARTH (mi)
SPACE OR BUST
Living 250 miles above Earth in a zero gravity chamber brings its own unique set of sleep challenges. One of the most challenging aspects is the lack of “days” in space. In space, astronauts no longer see one sunrise, they see 15! In order to not destroy the crew’s circadian rhythm, special measures are taken. For example, the crew observes Coordinated Universal Time and during sleeping hours, the windows are covered to simulate darkness.
The above might help them get into a natural sleep routine, but it doesn’t solve the fact that they are hurling around the earth at 17,000 miles per hour in a cramped, zero gravity, apparatus. Each crew member has their own dedicated sleeping station where they have to sleep tethered into a sleeping bag. Their specially designed sleeping bags help keep them warm and secure so they aren’t floating around causing havoc. Surprisingly enough, these private bedrooms are orientated “standing up”. Apparently, that has no effect on their sleep because in zero gravity, to sleep all you have to do is just relax your muscles.
Although astronauts have to sacrifice their King mattresses, down pillows, and luxury sheets for a sleeping bag and set of straps, it’s probably worth it when they get to look back on this experience every morning!