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Need a nap? Manchester Arndale's 'sleep lab' is open

Need a nap? Manchester Arndale's 'sleep lab' is openA giant dome full of hammocks where shoppers can grab a 15 minute catnap has gone up inside Manchester Arndale.

The Chronarium is a sleep laboratory designed by Loop.pH artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachi to be an intervention in the normal shopping trip - allowing people to take a short break from the bustle of modern life.

The lab has been brought to the centre as part of the 10th Manchester Science Festival, and was commissioned and debuted last year at Manchester's FutureEverything Singapore event.

On entering the dome in the Halle Square area of the shopping complex, visitors choose a hammock to lie down in and then lie back to experience an audio-visual composition by acclaimed artist Anna Meredith 'aimed to reset circadian rhythms for a better, more harmonious sleep'.

The idea, say the artists, if that we should put down our devices and all modern day distractions to totally lose yourself in the Chronarium's unique environment.

It's a dark and cosy space, and surprisingly quiet given its location in the heart of Manchester Arndale. And, I have to confess, I did nod off...

The plan is that the platform is an alternative observatory that will allow us and the artists to observe the benefits of rest and disadvantages of disturbed sleep, specifically analysing their impact on mental and physical health.

It is in response to studies that show today's generation sleeps significantly less than previous generations, and that there is a rise in sleep disorders.

The Chronarium is open daily until Sunday, October 30, from 11am-8pm Monday to Friday, 11am-7pm on Saturday, and 11.30am-5.30pm on Sunday. Ages 14 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

Entry is free but at busier periods visitors may need to book at the reception desk and return at an alloted time. For more information, visit the official Manchester Science Festival website.
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