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Gold medal in sleep: What the beds at the Park Hyatt New York and Beijing Olympics have in common

Jan. 31, 2022
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Gold medal in sleep: What the beds at the Park Hyatt New York and Beijing Olympics have in common
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Whether you're an everyday traveler or a world-class Olympic athlete, we're all searching for a better night of sleep.

Luckily for Olympians heading to Beijing and World of Hyatt members looking for a "suite" deal, new smart technology can help you get the gold medal when it comes to some serious shut-eye.

Believe it or not, the Winter Olympics are kicking off this Friday, Feb. 4 in Beijing, without foreign spectators in the audience, less than a year after the postponed Summer Olympics, which took place in Tokyo last summer.

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But as athletes have started to arrive at the Olympic Village in Beijing, they've quickly pointed out one area where Beijing has made significant upgrades compared to Tokyo: the beds.

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If you don't remember Tokyo's bed drama from last summer, let me remind you.

In an effort to promote sustainability during the games, the Tokyo Olympic Village was filled with thousands of beds made of cardboard with polyethylene mattresses, which later could be recycled into paper. Athletes from around the world took to social media to joke about the beds, later speculating that the beds were made of cardboard to prevent intimacy between the athletes.

Irish athlete Rhys McClenaghan shared on Twitter that, despite the beds being made of cardboard, they were in fact very sturdy, as proven by the video below of him jumping on the beds, which could reportedly support over 400 pounds.

Now in Beijing, athletes checking into the Olympic Village are also taking to social media to share the experience with their Olympic beds, but this time it's to show off.

Summer Britcher, a member of the U.S. luge team, responded to a fan on TikTok asking if the athletes would once again be subjected to cardboard beds — and her answer was hilarious.

"Not only do we not have cardboard beds here, but it's as if the Beijing organizing committee said, 'How can we just absolutely just one up Tokyo?'"

@summerbritcher Reply to @angellin471 #fyp #Olympian #Olympics #olympicbed #sport #athlete ♬ original sound - Summer

In the video, Britcher goes on to show a high-tech bed with a remote control that appears to raise and lower the head and foot of the bed, along with some other fancy-looking features like the so-called "Zero-G" mode.

"I'm in Zero-G mode now," Britcher says at the end of the video. "It's phenomenal."

In a humorous response to Brticher's video, fellow Olympian Ilona Maher, who competed in rugby for the U.S. in Tokyo, took to TikTok to share her thoughts on the Tokyo beds, saying, "They were highly flammable and very solid," before adding that her "back hurt like a week after [she] started laying on them."

@ilonamaher #stitch with @summerbritcher Winter Olympic TikTok has begun #beastbeautybrains ♬ original sound - Ilona Maher

"But have fun," Maher said to Britcher while fake crying, "that looks awesome."

And it does look awesome.

Who doesn't want to sleep in a space-age bed that will conform to your body to help you get the sweet, sweet sleep you've been looking for?

If you're not an Olympic athlete with a room in Beijing, you could have a hyper elevated version of the Olympic Village experience at the Park Hyatt New York, which recently introduced a special new suite with a tech-forward bed that would make Britcher jealous.

Called the Bryte Restorative Sleep Suite, this 900-square-foot suite comes with some great perks like a partial view of Central Park, one-and-a-half baths and a separate living area. But the suite's sweet spot is its sleep amenities, starting with a king-size Restorative Bed by Bryte.

Powered by artificial intelligence and sleep science, the bed uses advanced technology to help you achieve the perfect night of sleep. Designed to help fight jeg leg, and allow guests to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer, the "bed dynamically adjusts to relieve pressure points and control the climate throughout various sleep stages."

(Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Like the beds at the Olympics, this one comes with a remote control too, but this time in the form of an iPad that can fine-tune nearly every aspect of the bed, from starting a process that allows the bed to gently lull you to sleep with a multisensory experience to setting a wake-up time that will gently rouse you from sleep.

Over the course of the night, the bed "uses AI-powered climate control to help guide your body through an optimum balance of sleep stages" while simultaneously eliminating the pressure points that keep people up at night.

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Better yet, the Restorative Bed by Bryte allows guests to create a profile that can store sleep data and preferences and be used at another hotel with the bed or at home, since the bed is available for purchase as well.

To take the sleep experience up a notch, the Park Hyatt suite (there are five available) also comes with sleep-specific amenities like a Vitruvi essential diffuser and "Sleep" essential oils, Nollaelli linens which are designed with skin in mind, sleep masks and a collection of books about sleep.

Rates for the Sleep Suite at the Category 7 Park Hyatt start at $1,445 per night. Right now, the Park Hyatt is currently offering a free third night as part of its "Night at The Park" package, which is available through Sept. 1, 2022. And now you can take that even further with Hyatt's "Bonus Journeys" promotion. Now through April 20, you can earn 2,0222 bonus World of Hyatt points for every two qualifying nights.

Unfortunately, the Bryte Restorative Sleep Suite cannot be booked using points.

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