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A full day’s work can be tiresome, especially if you didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night before. Some days you just can’t help from reaching for  the coffee to boost your energy and make you feel more awake than you are. But the growing trend of ‘sleep pods’ in the workplace will help you skip the coffee and recharge your batteries in a more efficient way.

These futuristic-looking beds are taking over modern workplaces as dedicated spaces for employees to take a power nap if needed. Days of challenging work can push your mental and physical health to the limit, and the pods have been introduced to improve well-being, and therefore performance of employees.

You’ll notice the shape of them to be more complex than your standard bed. The shape, in where your legs and feet and elevated, are for ergonomic benefit; the position in which users lay relaxes muscles and provides optimum comfort. It does however make sleeping on your side – a popular sleeping position for many - of more difficulty.

The visors, which are normally adjustable, are for privacy and light control to help you nod off. They’re designed to provide seclusion while not causing users to become claustrophobic or overly enclosed. 

However many aren’t so enthusiastic on the idea, the rounded hood-like covers unappealing to those who aren’t keen on small spaces and would much rather wait to get to the comfort of their home to take a nap if needed.

Sleep pods are also being introduced to some university campuses as well as major offices like Google, and a student at Edinburgh University commented on the pods, telling Sky News: “They look like… very claustrophobic coffins…” – less than ideal, but perhaps a relevant comparison on first glance.

Most of the pods also give technology controls to provide a perfect sleeping environment. The choice for relaxing music to be played may be present by the press of a button. A timer is normally in place, as the pods are designed for naps of up to 40 minutes, for best results in energy-boosting. 

The benefits of the sleep pods have been reportedly huge in workplaces. Stuart Brown, director of customer experience at Teleware plc, who’ve recently installed sleep pod areas in their offices says:

"As some colleagues live quite some distance from our offices, we felt we had a duty of care on our part to ensure that they aren’t driving home tired in the dark.

"Secondly, we felt that there is a great deal of productivity to be gained back from allowing staff to relax and re-energise, crucially, between carrying out important and demanding tasks."

The sleeping areas are also said to be beneficial for those working late nights or early mornings, allowing them to be at their best – when awake – throughout their whole day. Instead of being distracted by their tiredness, a dedicated sleeping area is available in order to make that distraction disappear and therefore potentially improve employee happiness and productivity.

So, are sleep-pods a valuable addition to an office? It’s important they’re what a workforce will benefit from, or whether the cost of them could be invested in something more useful to the individual workforce. For those who operate long working hours, or manage night-workers, they could bring a world of good in energising employees.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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