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Trust Us, Your Workplace Needs a Nap Pod

A growing number of companies are requesting quiet areas where employees can get some shut-eye.

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Over the last few years, napping at work has grown increasingly common. According to The Chicago Tribune, more and more companies (like Thrive Global!) are allocating office space for employees to relax, recharge, and get some sleep.

These spaces range from quiet areas with comfortable chairs to private nap pods.

Although a few big-name companies openly promote napping at work, it’s still far from normal in many workplaces. “There’s kind of a badge of honor for how little you sleep in this world,” points out Sara Mednick, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California at Irvine.

That kind of thinking is very harmful, as a third of adults in the US don’t get enough sleep. Not only does sleep deprivation contribute to health issues, but it’s also connected to mistakes made at work. Lack of sleep causes the US $411 billion in economic losses each year, according to a RAND Corporation study.

Fortunately, change seems to be coming. Eastlake Studio, an architecture and interior design firm in Chicago spoke with The Chicago Tribune about the rise in demand for napping spaces. The firm’s founder, Tom Zurowski, has noticed how more offices are requesting quiet areas. “That need to just get away from all the noise and maybe take a nap is one of the options they want to provide,” he said.

Last month, two new nap pods were displayed at the NeoCon commercial interiors show in Chicago. Both come from European companies, Silence Business Solutions and Framery. The pods are soundproof with a small bed, making them the perfect place for a midday nap. Silence Business Solutions already sold a number of pods to major European companies such as L’Oreal. Hopefully, the new designs will strengthen this growing acceptance of napping at work and advocate for a healthier sleep culture in general.  

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