EYES WIDE SHUT(??)
George Costanza first introduced me to the idea of napping in the office. A makeshift bed under a chunky dark timber grain desk simply using a pillow, blanket & little compartment for the all important alarm clock. How genius! This comical idea of ‘clocking off’at noon has been something us office workers have been day-dreaming about our whole professional lives. If only we were as carefree and had the same sense of entitlement as George did back in the 90’s… Well now we do!
An Open Plan work culture is what we have been encouraging & educating our clients for many years now, to the point where staff are now asking to be put back in boxes and to be given some space just to think. Us designers are now creating “thinking spaces”where workers can get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy office with quiet, tech-free areas where laptops, phones and interruptions are not allowed. Designated “relax areas’. And this is where George Costanza’s brilliance comes into play and Sleep Pods have been introduced into the workplace.
High profile corporations such as Google, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble and local Aussie companies like Salesforce, the Australian Institute of Sport & PWC have all added sleep pods within their work space.
Research has shown that sleeping during the day has major benefits to brain function, health and wellbeing – better heart function, hormonal maintenance and cell repair. Who can argue with that??
So if you are interested in taking a Nana Nap while at work here are few tips:
- Keep naps to 20 minutes, or greater than 90 minutes to avoid sleep inertia
- Nap in quiet in well ventilated room
- Clear your mind, breathe slowly and deeply to help switch off and relax
- If you are going to nap at work – make sure you have permission!
- Best to nap 6-8 hours after normal wake up time
- Shift workers can use late afternoon nap to help stay alert during the night
- Use naps to recharge, refresh and reinvigorate the body and the brain
For more info on sleeping in the workplace and the sleep pod phenomena check out the following links: