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Dream come true: Sleeping at work becomes big business

Cat naps, power naps, whatever you want to call it, is booming as businesses realize that sleep is crucial to company success

The average adult should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep, but most of us get less than 6 hours a night Some companies, such as ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, have set up nap rooms to make it easier to snooze In Canada, workers can pop over to the Nap studio and rent a twin-sized bed for 25 minutes for $7.6.

In the past, when the boss caught you napping, you were scalded and put on the firing line, for you were deemed unproductive.

Now you might get a raise for doing just that. 

Dozing at work has become such a big trend that business startups are capitalizing on it.

From office hybrid furniture to “buy-the-minute” apartments geared for office employees, sleeping for productivity is booming.

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Desk beds

These desk/beds from Greek design firm Studio NL allow you to doze off between work assignments

Sleep, before and during work is essential to human functioning and is also necessary for us to be productive.  

Whether work is a pressure cooker or a boring desk job, you can quickly crawl into one of these wearing your work PJs or not, for a quick nap. But it turns out that the designers of these desk/beds had more in mind than just offering a good spot to sleep.

Source: Studio NL

“This desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleep at night on those days when someone struggles to meet deadlines,” Studio NL designers said.

The desk/beds even offer walls for those who might want some privacy while they sleep.

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Need for sleep 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), upwards of one-third of adults aren’t getting enough sleep. The average adult should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep, but most of us get less than 6 hours a night.  

We’re biologically designed to take naps in the afternoon, around 2pm, right in the middle of our workday. Napping is a natural part of our circadian rhythm.  

The 20-minute nap, also known as the Power Nap, is one of the best ways to get an extra burst of energy and make it through the rest of the afternoon.  

The 30-minute nap is the one that you want to avoid — if you sleep for 30 minutes, a concept called sleep inertia starts to take effect. Deep sleep starts.

A recent study, involving Swiss adults aged 35 to 75, found that a daytime nap taken once or twice a week could lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Another study warned though that people napping more than 90 minutes were 25% more likely to have a stroke.

Companies into the act of work sleep

Some companies, such as ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, have set up nap rooms to make it easier to snooze. The accommodations are hardly luxurious – the 10-by-10 room, nicknamed the “Da Vinci room”, contains a futon couch and a thin blanket.

Canada’s first napping studio – called “Nap It Up” – recently opened its doors. Its founder, Mehzabeen Rahman, said she got the idea when she worked long hours at a bank.

Located in a busy part of Toronto, beds are divided by heavy curtains, which gives sleepers privacy, and the room is scented with soothing lavender. 

Samsung HQ woke up about this a long time ago.

 

Image courtesy of The Guardian

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MetroNaps has taken this idea one step further, with futuristic-looking Energy Pods that let nappers sleep in an ergonomic reclining position.

The pods are getting popular in places that operate on a 24-hour schedule such as hospitals, factories and airports. But MetroNaps CEO Christopher Lindholst says, “When we started, people thought we were crazy to be promoting sleeping on the job.”   

And here’s a dream job for you.  

An Indian sleep solutions startup that produces mattresses called Wakefit.co is offering sleep internships, where it’s asking candidates to nap for 9 hours a day for 100 days, and if you show how passionate you are about sleeping, you get paid.