And we thought soundproof windows were the pinnacle when it comes to ensuring hotel tranquility. Certainly, that solves the annoyance of street sounds, but what happens when the noise is coming from inside your hotel room? The Crowne Plaza hotel chain is tackling just that problem, as it takes its new "snore absorption" room out for a trial run. Currently being tested at the Crowne Plaza London — The City, this room uses specially designed pillows and soundproofing materials to ensure a quiet night's rest. Egg box-style foam in the walls reduces the way that noise reverberates throughout the room, while a sound-absorbing headboard muffles the echoes from snoring. There is also a device on the bed to help guests sleep on their sides, since lying flat on one's back is said to cause snoring. So far, results are still pending, but if the room is a success, we predict sad days ahead for the manufacturers of sleeping pills and ear plugs.
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