Napping Pods: Sleeping On The Job
I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that I am perpetually exhausted. Maybe it’s my carb-heavy diet. Maybe it’s the fact that I have not known 8 hours of undisturbed sleep in years. Whatever the reason may be, by midday I find my energy dwindling far below peak performance levels. I’m not above power napping at the workplace. It helps that the co-working space that we operate out of comes equipped with bean bag chairs and quiet corners. It’s so easy to find small solitary spots where I can doze off peacefully. I’d be foolish not to partake.
Call me self-indulgent but I’m always looking for ways to take my stealth napping to the next level. Whether it be fashioning a makeshift queen-sized mattress with four bean bags or scouring through different brands of earbuds. And where would I be if I didn’t research properly, which is exactly what I was doing when I came across this article by Business Insider. For those of you who haven’t heard of napping pods yet prepare to have your minds blown.
NAPPING PODS: COMPANY SPONSORED SNOOZING
Tech giants like Google and Microsoft have had designated napping spaces for employees for about a decade now. For traditional businesses, however, napping on the job remains a guilty endeavor for most and a fireable offense for some. In the present corporate culture that we operate within being sleep-deprived is viewed as a badge of honor. I care to disagree. Being overworked and knackered is not a great look. There is no denying the multitude of health concerns that can arise from lack of proper sleep. Therefore, this new napping pods trend definitely caught my eye.
Several offices have now caught on to the trend and are including napping pods/ nap rooms in their layouts. Those who work in offices where the trend is not considered acceptable need not MacGyver solutions. There are several boutique napping spaces operating to provide a wholesome power napping experience, for a price. Power naps have been proven to be conducive to improved productivity within the workplace. That’s a win-win. Napping pods are specifically designed to provide maximum comfort, perfect for short naps.
The trend has been propelled by millennials entering workspaces as entrepreneurs and employees. The generation is more flexible when it comes to scheduling time and also more likely to prioritize mental and physical well being. Napping is great for both. The trend is visibly missing in Pakistani companies but I’m hoping employers start catching on to the merits of catnapping. I’m looking at you Shameel. In the meantime, I’ll make do with stealth napping on the go. But once I get my own personal napping pod, I plan to brag.