Updated: Sep 16, 2019
Have you ever been at work and thought to yourself “this desk looks terribly comfy, I wish I could take a nap”? With people working longer hours, greater stress levels and a shorter nights sleep, a nap at work becomes more and more necessary to make it through the day. But why settle for a desk when there are all these options…
A popular choice amongst those scouting out sleep-pod options for work is Podtime. Their pods are specifically designed for work environments and come with a CEO price tag too (the Premium Pod starts just shy of £5K). Mildly noise-cancelling and fitted with state of the art locking systems, they certainly provide a safe escape when those deadlines seem like B lines to death. Aside from napping in them, I also reckon they’d be great for scene reenactments from The Fifth Element.
Next up we have MetroNaps’ EnergyPod. Looking like something plucked straight from the futuristic world of Tron, these souped up recliners are already used by Google and Procter & Gamble. The hooded design is a great alternative to a completely encased pod. CEO Christopher Lindholst says that napping in them can “even provide cardiac relief”, this is great news following the discovery that a single chair can cost nearly $13,000 - a price tag that’ll make anyone’s heart jump.
Pop & Rest
To some, the idea of taking a kip amongst the stares of your colleagues is not an appealing one. Thankfully, Pop&Rest is providing Londoners with a space where they can pay £8 for a 30 minutes rest. In your own pod you can nap, meditate, read a book – your own piece of peace and quiet (for half an hour). This is idyllic for freelancers who might need a quick rest but don’t have a permanent space, or any sleepy city souls seeking a slumber.
Similar in concept to Pop&Rest, The Dreamery is a space where customers can rent a luxurious private pod for a bit of escape from the manic NYC lifestyle. Luxurious and innovative to a T, the pods have been designed to induce an impression of floating. They have a tunnel filled with stars, and even a waiting room – a place that you wait before you rest… sounds like twice the resting to me! The child of Casper, every pod in The Dreamery is fitted with a Casper mattress and is a great way to not only expand their brand into the experiential market but also allows potential customers to actually test out their mattresses and maybe drive them towards a purchase. They’ve also teamed up with Headspace, the mindfulness magicians. to soothe with special sleep audio that can be accessed in each pod, but you do have to bring your own headphones - the cheek of it.
Okay, so maybe we haven’t ventured into the industry of sleep-pods or nap bars but we did think it’d be fun to design our own one. We can easily imagine any of our hardworking designers hopping into this ‘Rest-agon’ partway through a long day of being creative geniuses.