It's Time To Start Taking Naps At Work

 

Napping at work is officially a good idea. Generally napping on the job has been frowned upon in most workplaces, but the tides are beginning to turn on this topic, thanks to the introduction of EnergyPods, a pod designed to be used for naps at work.

 

I could have used an EnergyPod when I was pregnant and attempting to take a nap in my car over my lunch break. Anyone who has been pregnant knows there is no level exhaustion like growing a human.

 

Aside from pregnancy, any employee could benefit from a power nap during their work day. Exhaustion comes in many forms, especially in today’s over connected society. Often fatigue is out of our control, but we are still expected to perform to the best of our ability at work.

 

Why Nap At Work?

 

A 2008 study by Sara C. Mednick, Denise J. Cai, Jennifer Kanady, and Sean P.A. Drummond found that a nap is better than caffeine and neither nap or caffeine for improving verbal memory, motor skills, and perceptual learning.

 

While caffeine still performed better in the above study than no nap and no caffeine, you still should consider whether a power nap would benefit you more than that extra cup of coffee, especially if you are performing high functioning tasks.

 

What Is An EnergyPod?

 

According to MetroNaps, an EnergyPod is “the world’s first chair designed specifically for napping in the workplace.” The chair is designed to create a zero-gravity sleeping position, while consuming minimal space.

 

The EnergyPod includes specially designed music and voice guides to help calm you to sleep. It also uses lights and vibrations to aid in sleep and waking. EnergyPod’s retail for $12,985, but can also be rented.

 

How EnergyPod’s Began

 

“We saw people falling asleep at work,” said Christopher Lindholst, CEO & Co-Founder of MetroNaps, a sleeping solution company. “We saw them going to sleep in their cars and head to the restrooms to nap. A workplace solution for fatigue was clearly missing. What was needed was a dedicated piece of equipment that took up minimal space, could go just about anywhere, was easy to maintain and, of course, comfortable and simple to rest in.”

 

I asked Lindholst what the reaction was from companies they were aiming to sell the EnergyPods to so that their employees could nap at work.

 

“Some thought we were crazy,” said Lindholst. “Then there were those willing to see if it worked. We're still around because it does make an impact on the well-being and performance of those who have access to the EnergyPod.”

 

Why EnergyPods Are Taking Off

 

EnergyPod’s have found homes at top organizations such as Google, NASA, Samsung, Huffington Post, Proctor and Gamble, Virginia Tech, University of Florid and University of Miami. Not surprisingly, many of these companies and college campuses are flooded with young adults and millennials.

 

It's clear there's a difference between generations,” said Lindholst. “Millennials have a more flexible attitude to execution of responsibilities and are more open to ‘sleeping on the job’ facilities that boost performance than their predecessors. When we started over a decade ago, we got thrown out of a few offices for making that suggestion. Today, it's not a question of ‘if’ a company should have a nap installation, but if there is floor space and budget available.”

 

It’s important to note that EnergyPods were designed to allow users to take a power nap, which is only 10-20 minutes in duration. They are not designed for long naps and are intended to give the body a quick charge to head back to high performing brain function.

 

While napping on the job may have previously been frowned upon, MetroNaps is working to change that perception. Of course, with MetroNaps, sleeping is designed to take place in a given location, time and duration. Falling asleep during meetings is generally still frowned upon!

 

Millennials are likely to embrace this trend as they adopt most flexible work policies as the norm for their generation. They are accustomed to having more input on how they spend their time at work than their parents would have, so deciding when they sleep is appealing to them as well.

 

 

Source: forbes.com

By: Kaytie Zimmerman