Power Napping For Ideas

Let Me Just Sleep On That

Sleep is, or should be, making a workplace comeback according to the Vancouver Sun.

Cisco Systems and Google are just two companies that have recently purchased Energypods, egg-shaped recliners that block noise and light, which employees use to grab quick naps during working hours. Google has even enlisted the services of a napping expert.

As the New York Times explains,

“There is a cultural bias against sleep that sees it as akin to shutting down, or even to death,” according to Dr. Jeffrey Ellenbogen, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and director of the Sleep Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Most people, Dr. Ellenbogen says, think of the sleeping brain as similar to a computer that has “gone to sleep” — it does nothing productive. Wrong. Sleep enhances performance, learning and memory. Most unappreciated of all, sleep improves creative ability to generate aha! moments and to uncover novel connections among seemingly unrelated ideas.

Dr. Ellenbogen’s research at Harvard indicates that if an incubation period includes sleep, people are 33 percent more likely to infer connections among distantly related ideas, and yet, as he puts it, these performance enhancements exist “completely beneath the radar screen.” In other words, people are more creative after sleep, but they don’t know it.

MetroNaps EnergyPod

So where do you get your Power Napping Pod For The Office

Perhaps you can talk the boss into buying a couple of MetroNaps EnergyPods. These comfortable looking chairs conform to your body, while a “sphere of silence” keeps the clickity-clack of keyboards and ringing phones from disturbing your brief beauty rest. Power naps aren’t supposed to be long, and the Energypod keeps you from drifting off to Slumberland by using a combination of vibrations and alarms to wake you after 20 minutes. The EnergyPod looks like something straight out of Sleeper and will set you back $8,000.

Related: 10 Benefits of Power Napping, and How to Do It

3 thoughts on “Power Napping For Ideas”

  1. I think the standard 9-5 work hours is just fine. If people can’t commit to those times, then they should reavaluate whether or not they should have a job! Plus you get the day over with earlier and have time for yourself and other things.

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