A balanced diet and sufficient exercise are naturally part of a healthy lifestyle. However, one of the most important building blocks for permanent physical and psychological well-being is constantly neglected: restful sleep. At the upcoming Heimtextil it will therefore be a particular focus: renownded exhibitors, courageous entrepreneurs and proven sleep experts guarantee a comprehensive insight into the “Future of Sleep”.
According to a Forsa study carried out last year for the Techniker Krankenkasse, one in three adults in Germany experiences mediocre, bad or even very bad sleep. ‘That doesn’t surprise me’, says Dr Alfred Wiater, former president of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM). ‘Numerous studies have since shown that we are sleeping worse and worse’. According to Wiater, the reasons for this are as multifaceted as some dreams: too much light or irritating noises, a permanently increased excitation level as a result of digitisation or general inability to relax and switch off.
The problem: those who don’t sleep well can become ill even if they take sufficient exercise and have a good diet. In addition to physical and psychological ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disturbances or anxiety, insufficient nocturnal rest also impacts the ability to concentrate, stamina and performance; this can lead to negative effects in both professional and private spheres. ‘When it comes to sleep, many people still think too little about it’, says Dr Alfred Wiater. The sleep researcher – along with other international experts – will present on the current state of research in sleep medicine as part of the new “Sleep! The Future Forum”.
Thematic areas Science & Digital, Sports, Hotels and Sustainability
In four thematic areas, the experts will provide information about the latest scientific and research findings and provide an outlook on the future of sleep. Heimtextil is cooperating with sleep expert Markus Kamps on the conception and planning of the programme.
‘Today we know more about restful sleep and its positive influence on the brain, health and immune system than ever before – and yet we still neglect it’, summarises Markus Kamps. The sleep advisor and specialist lecturer for bedding, who according to his own statement always travels with his own pillow in his luggage, wants to ‘to broaden the perspective on healthy sleep’ in Frankfurt at the beginning of January. According to Kamps, the optimal choice of bed linen, blankets, pillows and mattresses that suit the body and individual characteristics is just as important as optimal room design. Ask your questions: He and his team will be on hand to advise trade fair visitors during a “First Aid Sleep Consultation Hour” in the new forum in the foyer of hall 11.0.