How will society interact with sleep in the future (interview)

Mar Morris, is a young Spanish architect to be. she has been selected as the subject of this interview because of her ability to cope outside her comfort zone, her understanding of designing for the future, and the fact that her background can deliver a unique view in some of the addressed topics.

After all the introductions, due diligence, and explanation of the task, Mar and I jumped right into it. Starting with some straight forward simple questions, after making her feel comfortable with speaking to me, it was time to lead into a more meaningful direction.

Just as expected Mar is a very knowledgeable person who has a fair understanding of how the body reacts to sleeping cycles. She made mention of the external factors that may alter the way we rest, sleep, and relax. “The body naturally reacts differently to the natural elements, that is why we get sleepy when it is night time and we feel full of energy in the middle of the day” she also mention how gloomy days may make us feel less active.

Later I directed the interview towards polyphasic sleep. To my surprise, she had never heard of this term but was quick to wrap her head around the idea after a brief explanation of what it is. At this point, I was eager to find out if she thinks that society will ever evolve to a polyphasic sleep cycle. Her response was clear and strong -NO- she believes that the act of sleep is too personal and the idea of sharing the sleeping space with the stranger would not be accepted. Yet she did share her idea of how would society interact with sleep in the future. Mentioning that sleeping hours will be reduced to as little as five hours per day due to the high demand of working hours, leading scientist to develop a drug that will suppress the need of more sleep. Furthermore, the introduction of sleeping pods and the alteration of the bedroom took the conversation to a wild spin where homes will no longer need a bedroom and the fact that the bed is a social item rather than a functional one. “We don’t use the bed only for sleeping, we watch TV, use the computer, have sex, etc”. In her futuristic scenarios, couples will have individual sleeping pods that would serve a single purpose and a “sex room” that may be used with a more intimate approach.

In the end I believe that Mars’ approach to the future is rather realistic in the way that it is not too far from what it is established at the present time. Importantly, it seems like she has been speculating about the future in different instances, perhaps in the development of some of her architectural projects on trying to understand how will her building fit, interact and react to the ever evolving organism we call society.

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