Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up during the night and have trouble going back to sleep? Do you wake up too early in the morning? Do you often wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed? That sounds awfully like insomnia.

Insomnia can have dire consequences on your physical and mental well-being, including impaired performance, irritability, lack of concentration, daytime drowsiness, less defenses against infections, significant mood swings, erratic behavior, hallucinations, and in extreme cases, even death.

And now, a Japanese company claims that it has the perfect solution to all the your restless and sleepless nights.

Matsushita Electric Works has developed the EMIT Suimin (Sleep) System which creates a room environment leading to quality sleep and wake-up. It is a product of their 20 long years of research efforts in bioscience.

The EMIT Suimin System, a sound-insulated capsule that can be installed in homes, utilizes a controller with a built-in program that manages lighting, bedding, HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning) and AV (Audio-Visual) equipment.

The journey to dreamland starts with the bed upright like a recliner. A huge TV screen shows natural scenes of a river ambling through a forest with gentle guitar and piano music playing against a backdrop of trickling water and birdsong.

After a few minutes, the lights dim, the music fades, and the TV screen goes blank. When the bed lowers into sleeping position, sleepers are massaged into submission by the mattress which vibrates and bulges strategically beneath the neck, shoulders, and the upper and lower back.

Eventually, the lights turn off completely, the massage peters out and air is released from the mattress, allowing the sleeper to settle gently into place.

The machine rouses the sleeper as well. The lights come on slowly and the TV turns on showing a serene lake on the screen. The curtains open automatically and the bed lifts up into a sitting position.

A Matsushita official claimed that the Suimin System can solve some of the sleeping problems that plague Japan. A 2000 Health Ministry survey revealed that 31% of Japanese say they don’t get enough sleep because of school, work, or commuting. Twenty-nine percent blame stress as the cause of their sleep loss.

The Sleep Room is expected to go on sale in July 2005 with a staggering price tag of $30,000 (£18,000). A real huge price to pay for a fitful night’s sleep.