Fighting Office Fatigue, One Nap Pod at a Time

By Alyse Borkan  |  Jul 30, 2014
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You know those days after a bad night’s sleep? You go into work, and just sort of sit there at your desk, staring at your computer, bleary-eyed. You just can’t do anything. You’re too sleepy to be productive. Yeah, you know those days.

Fear not! Those days are a thing of the past. More and more companies are allowing their employees to nap at work.  Your boss may have even read a NASA study from 1994, which showed that power-napping improved performance by 34 percent and alertness by as much as 100 percent.

And if your boss actually did read that study, and if she really was totally indoctrinated to the cult of the nap (because napping is, overall, really good for you), she may have turned around and done something a little crazy. She may have purchased a $16,000 nap-pod for your office.

Or maybe she bought MetroNaps’ energypod, “the world’s first chair designed uniquely for napping in the workplace.”

It looks very typically futuristic (think: plastic-egg chair from the 1960s) and every aspect of its design is meant to optimize your nap. Its “privacy visor” is a swinging hood that closes off the top of the pod, presumably so your co-workers can’t see you drooling. The chaise-lounge type design is “ergonomic perfection.” It even features “i20 Technology” (!) which is, sadly, really just a fancy timer.

So now you don’t even have to worry about getting a full-night’s rest. Now you have no excuse for being unproductive. You don’t need the seven hours anymore. Not when you can nap at work.

— Josh Segal

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