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Nap Pods In The Office: Our Favorite New Workplace Trend

Napping on the job…what was once grounds for getting fired is now being actively encouraged in some offices, many of them techie! In fact, companies such as Google and Zappos are installing nap pods so employees can rest and rejuvenate during the workday.

The belief behind this growing “power napping” trend is that naps actually increase productivity rather than limit it. In many cases, EnergyPods from MetroNaps are the sleeping spaces of choice. After you check out the range of nap pods in today’s roundup, you just might be inspired to build some nap time into your work schedule! [photo from EnergyPod via Inc.]

An EnergyPod awaits its next napper.

Nap Pods to the Rescue

Let’s start with a sampling of different nap pod styles. As shown at the top of the post, the C-shaped pod is one of the most popular. [photo from Wellbeing Workout]

Napping at the office is encouraged in some workspaces.

Sometimes, a simple bed will do! The napping room of HootSuite in Vancouver features cots with blankets and pillows. The environment is calming and cabin-like. [photo from CTV News Vancouver]

A HootSuite napping room.

The Google office in Sydney features pod-like compartments for quiet work time. There’s also a nap pod for solid sleep time. But if you’re somewhere in between work and sleep, the “work” compartments below might be the perfect spot to get a bit more done and then drift off into a peaceful sleep away from the noise of coworkers. [from Playing Holidays]

The Google office in Sydney.

Sometimes, the nap pods are more like capsules. Here’s a photo from a London company that has purchased three of them. The napping pods have been installed in a room featuring softer lighting and soothing hues so they gently wake you.

The space also includes a kitchenette, small lounge, shower, and lavatory. These features are ideal for those who use nap pods for overnight sleeping. Overnight sleeping, you say?! More on that later in the post. [from Podtime]

Napping pods in a London office.

Here’s another shot of Podtime’s pods, which are polycarbonate tubes equipped with mattresses, pillows, and other features that make your sleeping experience a peaceful one. [via Tales of Interest]

Napping pods from Podtime.

Nap Pods As Quiet Capsules

Since we’re on the topic of capsule sleeping, let’s highlight a few of these cylindrical pods, starting with a shot from Facebook’s Seattle office. A pillow adds comfort to this napping compartment. Business owners: would you put your company’s logo on your employee nap pod?! [from High50 Health]

Nap pod in the Seattle offices of Facebook.

Here’s another sleeping pod with a logo, and this time, the pod belongs to the Australian rules football club rather than an office. Say hello to the sleep pod of the Sydney Swans. In fact, the change rooms boast two of these capsules, which give players a chance to recharge as needed, especially when there’s more than one practice session a day. [from The Daily Telegraph]

The sleep pod of the Sydney Swans.

For a different approach to “sleeping on the job,” consider employees who may have difficulty getting to and from work at certain times of the year. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, London-based data services provider Interxion installed space pods (the above-mentioned capsules from Podtime) so employees could sleep at work to avoid a difficult commute during crazy Olympic traffic times. [photo by Robert Aberman via Daily Mail]

Space pods at the London-based Interxion.

On that note, in Japan, capsule hotels are used by businessmen who work late and don’t have enough time to run home before the start of the next workday. Would you rent a capsule hotel for an evening to get a better night’s sleep, or would you rather sleep fewer hours in the comfort of your own home? More on capsule hotels in our next sleeping pod post. But for now, back to the napping pods… [photo from The Tokyo Times]

Japanese capsule hotel.

Using Nap Pods at the Library

School libraries are even jumping on the nap pod bandwagon. Here are some nap pods in the library of Australia’s University of Queensland.

Students don’t have to push the library chairs together to form a bed anymore! It’s top-notch technology from here on out. [from the Twitter feed of David Cowan]

Napping pods in the University of Queensland library.

Here’s another shot of sleeping pods at an Australian university, this time at the Edith Cowan University library in Joondalup. Students are more likely to experience sleep deprivation so this is a great solution. [via ABC News]

Sleeping pods at Edith Cowan University.

We end this section with a student library nap pod photo from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Notice how EnergyPods seem to be the sleeping pods of choice? No wonder they are! They feature reclined seating, soothing sounds and rhythms, an adjustable visor for privacy, and more! [from Wesleyan University]

EnergyPod at a Wesleyan University Library.

Unique Napping Spaces

Time to showcase offices featuring unique sleeping spaces that demand a second look! The San Francisco office of Capital One Labs includes elevated sleeping nooks that you can access via ladders. Each nook is like a built-in bunk bed you can enjoy at work! [via Endy]

A sleeping nook at Capital One Labs.

At Google Pittsburgh, a naptime nook meets a ropes course. The result is nothing short of an epic sleeping experience. [via Flavorwire]

A chill-out area at Google Pittsburgh.

Sometimes, the best sleeping space is the one you create within. In other words, if your office lacks a sleeping space, get yourself an Ostrich Pillow. Create a micro-environment by blocking out light and sound.

Sure, it looks kind of funny, but if it gets the job done, who cares? We predict that your co-workers will order their own in no time when they see how effective this pillow can be.

Nap time is just an Ostrich Pillow away.

If your office doesn’t have a convenient nap pod at the ready and you really want a quiet nook where you can recline and catch a few z’s, you may be able to pay for a short nap at a nearby establishment. For example, Singapore is well-equipped with a variety of locations where you can nap during office hours.

Below, we see Natureland, which offers foot reflexology sessions. Even though you sit in a large recliner! Yes, you get a spa-style treatment along with a nap. And yes, other locations in Singapore offer actual sleep pods that you can rent for daytime napping!

Natureland in Singapore.

Not wanting to pay for your nap? Perhaps an air mattress in your office or a quick 20-minute stop by your house during the lunch break will do the trick!

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s roundup. Now get some rest and come back for a fresh set of Decoist posts tomorrow! Here’s one more napping shot for the road… [via Bit Rebels]

Napping on the job.

There is no arguing against having nap pods at the office or public spaces that are often busy, providing unmatched service to those who might need a quick snooze amidst their busy days. With the endless styles of nap pods available, it’s a surprise that we don’t see these additions in most offices and public spaces.

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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