A Dagenham-based architect recently won first prize in a competition for his collection of sleeping pods that are situated off the ground, with the aim of providing a homeless person with a safe place to rest and sleep.

James Furzer’s project was entitled “Homes for the Homeless”, and consisted of pods designed to be attached at just above head height to an existing building. Each pod contains storage space, a small living area, and arguably most importantly, a mattress to sleep on.

The pods would be used during the daytime, meaning they do not require any electricity, and to access the pod’s interior there is a ladder fixed to the door to climb up. The general consensus is that the average stay would range from 4-8 hours, which is considered long enough to secure a beneficial block of sleep.

Furzer has said that whilst he knows his invention will not spell an end to homelessness, it is a positive step in the right direction. Sleep is such a key part of a person’s health and well-being, and having a mattress that provides the right level of support to your body to enable it to recuperate and rest is key.

It is advisable to check your mattress if you have had it for several years to ensure it is still supporting your entire body equally and that it has not worn in any areas.

Happy Beds has a variety of bed styles and mattresses, which can be tailored to individual needs.