Sleeping on the Job
It’s now OK to have nap-time at work
Nap pods, semi-private chairs, sleep rooms and even off-site nap centers- are workplaces turning into daycare? Come along as we explore the latest trends for your office nap-time.
Off-Site Nap Centers
Let’s start with the newest trend first: off-site nap centers. Currently cropping up in Manhattan, these centers are havens for the worker without a workplace nap room to turn to. Rent a nap by the minute and cozy up in some pretty luxe accommodations. At Nap York, a pop-up near Penn Station, nappers rent a pod complete with blackout curtains, sleep masks, phone chargers and refreshments. Meanwhile in SOHO the Casper Dreamery, a clever way to let users trial their mattress, offers 45-minute naps complete with PJs, a Headspace Meditation, and a wake-up coffee for $25.
Nap pods have been around for a while, but they are now offered in more styles than ever before, from your semi-enclosed chair, to full on enclosed mini-rooms, there’s an option for every budget and every workspace.
A potentially more budget friendly alternative to a nap pod is a nap room. With a little construction, a few curtains and some cots, employers are turning their un-used space into multi-purpose rooms that can be used for meditation, naps, and quiet space. I myself have used such a room when I was traveling for work and was so jet lagged I couldn’t even type properly. That nap was a life-saver!
Finally, employers looking to get a little more bang for their buck can turn to multi-purpose pods. For example, hammock chairs can be used for working, meeting, or yes, napping. Semi-enclosed “egg” chairs can also be used the same way. Or consider the Buddha Booth- a multi-purpose pod that can be used as a phone booth, a quiet space, a meditation room or to catch some quick ZZZs.
Whatever you choose for your nap solution, don’t forget to supplement it with a great sleep wellness seminar.