Over the past year, I’ve written about the many hopefully improvised solutions I’ve created to try to NOT feel the mechanical vibration that shakes me awake every morning. I even looked into making a hanging bed that would be bolted to the concrete ceiling slab, or a rig like this “Levitation Suit”. It was created for The Cultural Center of European Space Technologies in a workshop focusing on levitation in an environment of gravity; it was an exploration into a new “3D” form of hotel, and has the obvious appeal of flight.
In lieu of being able to be weightless or levitate, my newest vibration-damping fix came via some readers who had the same problem. (I’ve discovered that LOT’S of people suffer from disturbing vibrations.) The solution was to sandwich a fully-inflated air mattress between the wood bed frame and my regular mattress. It dampens the vibration significantly, though the bed is so high now, I have to clamber onto it.
I’d tried a partially-inflated air mattress on the theory that it would conduct vibration less than a fully-inflated one.
My generous advisors said they had tried the same thing, but then decided to test out fully-inflated ones. They’ve found TWO stacked air mattresses even better and manageable because their mattress was originally on the floor. That solution would make the bed SO high I would need a ladder to climb onto it, making me more fully the Princess and the Pea.
I will continue to experiment with air mattresses, which work on the principle an engineer once told us is used to dampen the vibration of huge semi trucks: something along the lines of huge stacked inner tubes acted shock absorbers. I’ve written him to see if I could rig such a device using smaller inner tubes to use as bed legs.
In the meantime, I am grateful for the sleep the single air mattress has afforded me (however strange-looking my bed has become), and that I don’t have to resort to this: