"Pursuing Comfortable Sleep" - This is not just our story.
Even our closest relatives, chimpanzees, are quite particular about their sleep.
Chimpanzees make a bed on tree branches with leaves and sleep on it.
And in this bed, there are many secrets hidden to make their sleep comfortable.
"Human Evolution Bed" was created based on their exquisite skills.
Please feel the gentle and comfortable feeling of being wrapped up in it.
The Human Evolution Bed first appeared in 2016 in Kyoto, Japan at the "Sleep Exhibition: A Cultural History of Sleep" held at the Kyoto University Museum. The main theme of the exhibition was "When, where, and how have humans been sleeping?".
Seven scholars researched and presented exhibits and explanations such as "A Map of Pillow Ethnic Groups" and "Decoding Dreams". From wooden pillows used by ethnic minorities in Africa, traditional European cradles, to automatic waking devices used by Japanese railway companies, the exhibition showcased a wide range of sleep-related items that reflect the diversity and evolution of sleep throughout history and around the world.
The "Human Evolution Bed" was one of the highlights of this unique exhibition. It represents both "ancient forms of sleep" that trace the history of human sleep, as well as "new forms of sleep" that symbolize diverse sleep cultures. This bed was introduced as a "bed that breaks free from existing concepts" and attracts attention to its unique design.
Kyoto University General Museum, Special exhibition, 2008.
Cultural History of Sleep
When, where, and how have humans been sleeping?
Date/ April 6th, 2016 (Wed) - June 26th, 2016 (Sun)
Location/ Kyoto University Museum
Organizers/ Kyoto University Museum, Center for African Area Studies Kyoto University
Co-organizer/ Non-profit Organization Sleep Culture Research Society
Supporters/ National Museum of Ethnology, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center, Iwata Corporation, World Sleep Congress
A wild chimpanzee in Africa. When they sleep, they make their beds by folding layers of branches and leaves on top of trees. The bed is a double-layer structure with a sturdy base and a soft mattress. The shape is an oval dish shape.
The researcher of the bed, Koichiro Zama (Associate Professor at Nagano Prefectural College of Nursing and Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Centre for African Area Studies), lay down to "try a little sleep" and found it "the most comfortable bed I have ever had in my life! It's the best feeling I've ever had in my life! The top of the tree looks a little scary, but when you lie down, the dish-shaped hollows wrap around your body and the rocking of the tree is like a cradle. She fell asleep with a peaceful feeling.
This pleasant experience was the beginning of the development of the Human Evolution Bed.
Chimpanzees make beds every day. Chimpanzees have a lifespan of 40-50 years, so they make more than 10,000 beds in a lifetime. Yes, chimpanzees are "bed makers".
Making a bed takes only a few minutes. First, long branches are bent to form a sturdy base, and then twigs attached to the ends of the branches are torn off and stacked on top of each other. The many small branches and leaves are like a soft mattress. They lie down on them and sleep.
On occasion, a chimpanzee that is supposed to be lying on its bed wakes up with a start. Sometimes it will pick up a twig, place it on the bed and lie down again. They are obsessed with just one twig. That is how chimpanzees sleep.Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
The apes, closely related to humans, are currently making their beds in trees. It is believed that the ancestors of chimpanzees and humans separated about 8-5 million years ago. And human ancestors, who were beginning to walk on two legs, are thought to have slept in beds made of wood until around 4.4 million years ago.
So when did we start sleeping in 'square', 'flat' and 'unshakable' beds like we do today? Given humanity's long evolutionary history, it seems like "only recently".
The bed on the tree where humans once slept. It was with thoughts of the romance of human evolution in mind that the Human Evolutionary Bed, an "old and new form of sleep", was born.Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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