As part of this year’s science festival, Manchester Arndale has been chosen to host The Chronarium Sleep Lab, an instalment that offers shoppers the chance to recharge their batteries by joining 15-minute restorative sleep sessions. It visits the UK for the first time on 20 October at the Manchester shopping centre.
The goal, as Loop.pH explains it, is to expose visitors to different environmental stimulate in order to reset “their internal circadian rhythm for better, more harmonious sleep.” To pull it off, Loop.pH consulted with leading sleep scientist Vikki Revell, PhD, Head of Strategic Development at Surrey Clinical Research Centre.
Designed by artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachi from London-based Loop PH, The Chronarium uses technology to sleep. Originally commissioned for and by the FutureEverything Festival Singapore 2015, the atmospheric creation offers a fully immersive experience and is aimed at providing an antidote to non-stop city living. On entering, visitors can lie down, rest and relax on hanging swings and hammocks and partake in an audio-visual experience to help bring on sleep before waking them up refreshed for city life.
Manchester Science Festival director, Antonio Benitzez comments: “We could not be prouder of and more excited about this year’s Festival. With this being our 10th, we really did want to pull out all the stops to offer new and exciting events for our visitors to experience science in ground-breaking and imaginative ways. We think this year’s Festival is the best yet, with unique content such as the sleep lab in a shopping centre to performances by a part-robot part-human orchestra and our Nobel Prize-winner Disco. There really is something here for all ages and levels of interest and we cannot wait until October 20th to get the party started.”