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Revolving clock bed

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I find it almost incomprehensible that, among the thousands of ides already posted here, there isn't already an idea to use a revolving bed as a nocturnal temporal indicator. So let me correct that:

It's a simple idea: the bed revolves very slowly - one complete revolution every twelve hours - so that if you wake in the night you can immediately gauge, from the position of things in your bedroom relative to you, what time it is.

Alternatively, and I think I prefer this, you could set the bed so that it is in its 'normal' position when you go to bed and when you want to get up (i.e. after one complete revolution). Then, if you wake in the night and the bed isn't in the right place, go back to sleep.
hippo, Mar 01 2004

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I want the spinning bed in my spinning house next to a spinning city. [Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       Beautiful, [hippo]. Bun [+]
Letsbuildafort, Mar 01 2004

       With luminous numbers on your walls so you can look between your feet to see the time.
AO, Mar 01 2004

       Plan on waking up on the wrong side of the bed if you sleep in ... or vice versa.
Letsbuildafort, Mar 01 2004

       You will wake up facing a yummy croissant tomorrow morning. Brilliant+_+
phundug, Mar 01 2004

       But honey, you said you can go all night -- we've only moved one degree!+
theircompetitor, Mar 01 2004

       And then you complain about the electricity bill!+
nomadic_wonderer, Mar 01 2004

       oh lordy, I need the bathroom - what direction? - "buggar" <bump>
po, Mar 01 2004

       beware the ides of March <grin>   

       hippo, don't you damn well correct that typo!
po, Mar 01 2004

       sp: Mrch
Worldgineer, Mar 01 2004

       (could be a wind up deal, [n w])   

       Regarding [Worldg] link, it would sort of be like sleeping on a gigantic [FarmerJ] Fractal Clock.   

oxen crossing, Mar 01 2004

       //beware the ides of March// Oh, jeez, I was bun #13!
spacecadet, Mar 01 2004

       This is excellent. It would actually give you a pretty hazy idea of the time, and reading a clock radio might be easier than trying to orient yourself in a dark room, but there's very little adventure in that.   

       It'd waste a bit of space, though. Unless it was round, and then you'd need an arrow somewhere and the orientation problem would be doubled. But then you could make up the bed as a clockface.
Monkfish, Mar 01 2004

       can it have a direction control to counteract any bed spin feeling that drinkers occasionally experience
engineer1, Mar 02 2004

       Prepare to be awoken with a jolt, twice a year, as the bed suddenly rotates 15 degrees in the wee small hours...
Steve Adams, Mar 02 2004

       It would have to be in the center of the room, or at least out from the room's edges a bit, so as to prevent getting up in the middle of the night on your usual side and walking face first into the wall.
waugsqueke, Mar 02 2004

       Love the idea - espec since the annos clarified it's a horizontal, rather than vertical rotation.   

       Hmm though a vertical rotation you could set so that you literally fall out of bed upon waking, though I think someone's covered that notion before.
seedy em, Mar 03 2004

       You need no alignment at all; just set the RPMs (or RPDs?) for the length of time you want to sleep, (one rev in 8 hours, ie), then plop down on it facing the way you want to face when you wake up. Might have to readjust your blankets, but they'll be in a perpetual state of mess anyway.
oxen crossing, Mar 03 2004

       if one did go the round bed option, then one could simply have an enormous donut(sp) shaped pillow that sits around the outside perimetre of the bed, and a large round duvet/doona/blanket. that would ease bed making, as there'd be nothing to tuck in, and no need to correctly align the top and bottom of the bed coverings
seedy em, Mar 03 2004

       You know, you could get the same effect by having a stationary bed mounted inside a slowly rotating room. That might be better.   

       So many possibilities.
waugsqueke, Mar 03 2004

       Or the bed could vibrate - not like the coinop motel ones, but like those tabletop football games. As with the miniature football players, the sleeper would gradually rotate over the course of the night.
bungston, Mar 04 2004

       [bungston] I've already covered that ground - see link.
[UB] Lovely image
[wagsqueke] Yes - or, especially if you live at the North or South pole, keep the bed stationary while the Earth rotates.
hippo, Mar 04 2004

       [oxen crossing] It might cause you problems if you set it for a 10 minute snooze.

       [newser] The reason you often awake in the night feeling disoriented is because you owned a rotating clock bed in a previous life.

       [hippo] French pastry as usual.
stupop, Mar 04 2004

       [waugsqueke], we already all sleep on perfectly stationary beds surrounded by slowly rotating stars. Therefore rotating the room is redundant, like having two hour-hands. I propose using the room as a minute hand to optimise use of resources.
FishFinger, Mar 04 2004

       A bedridden Muslim might want the bed to line him/her up to the east five times a day.
FarmerJohn, Mar 04 2004

       I turn around a lot in my sleep. Sometimes I wake up with my feet by the headboard and on my pillow. That messes me up quite a bit. On a bed that revolved I may not have that problem!
anonymous_coward, Mar 04 2004

       Thank God this fad died out.
nomadic_wonderer, Mar 16 2004

       Why not get the room to rotate instead of the bed?
phauna, Mar 16 2004

       [newser] Because the houses are outside the spinning city.
Worldgineer, Mar 16 2004

       Nice. +
sartep, May 19 2004

       Being a person that already has a problem about being disoriented when I wake up, this would just compound the problem. Sorry.
bspollard, May 27 2004


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