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Reducing fatigue with Glencraft’s luxury offshore mattress

Reducing fatigue with Glencraft’s luxury offshore mattress


As offshore workers experience disrupted work patterns, concerns have now been voiced regarding the potential impact fatigue and performance impairment has on offshore workers, specifically towards the end of these 2-3 week shifts, making injuries and accidents more likely on these dangerous and demanding jobs. According to the NHS, regular poor and interrupted sleep also puts you at risk of serious health problems.

Whilst shift work, including overtime, extended working hours and alternating shift rotas, does not only impact worker’s productivity and efficiency, it has the potential to impact the safety of the individual, their colleagues and the rigs/platforms, as well as their social and home life, even providing a significant safety risk when driving home once onshore, post-shift. The only way for your body to naturally recover and revitalise is through sleep, providing your body with regular maintenance and repair. With a good night’s sleep, your body heals itself whilst your brain makes new connections and helps with the retention of memory.  

New studies have shown that having a good night’s sleep is more effective on your overall health than any exercise or diet.  You use your mattress more than anything else in your life. If you choose the right one then it sets you up for success in everything else you do. An increasing number of studies show that those who get a good night’s sleep are the most productive at work. Well rested people start their shifts with more energy, focus and concentration. However, many people forget the established link that exists between a good night’s sleep and the quality of your mattress.

Glencraft have worked hard to create a luxury offshore mattress, Crib 7 under BS 7177 : 2008, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. Designed to help with the challenging offshore lifestyle and help alleviate the issues stated above, this mattress will revitalise, energise and refresh offshore workers for both night and day shifts, aimed to improve both their mental and physical well-being by providing quality mattresses for a quality sleep.

The benefits of using natural materials are clear. The luxury offshore mattress contains horsehair – this is open-celled and hollow and therefore wicks the moisture away from the body thus providing a restful sleep. The materials used in this mattress are well proven, having been initially used centuries ago. They are much kinder to the environment and readily available compared to some of the man-made materials and foams used elsewhere. In today’s society it is much better to use natural products as foams deteriorate over time and retain moisture – not good for aiding sleep!


Operators and major service companies in the North Sea have already turned to Aberdeen-based Glencraft to help their people get a good night’s sleep.

Having such a sound understanding of the energy sector and its stringent requirements, our mattresses are continually tested to ensure that nothing is left to chance therefore giving customers peace of mind that we are in compliance with all legal requirements is key for Glencraft.

Graham McWilliam, Managing Director of Glencraft said: “I’m genuinely excited about the introduction of this offshore luxury mattress to our range. It will undoubtedly make a difference to the experience of the offshore workforce whilst on the platform. The feedback from current users has been tremendous and the team here at Glencraft look forward to supplying these for many years to come.”

Since 1843, Glencraft, based in Aberdeen, has been manufacturing the finest, luxury mattresses. Every Glencraft bed and mattress is built from the highest quality material, from individual pocket springs, felted wools, cottons, natural horsehair, alpaca, silks and cashmere which are handcrafted by skilled craftspeople, many of whom are disadvantaged.


Published: 27-07-2019
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