September 28, 2015
Sure, while we’ve seen a trend in the workplace towards the incorporation of standing or treadmill desks (because, you know, sitting down is killing you), there is higher likelihood that people would opt for nap desks if they ever become a thing. Well thanks to Greek design studio, NL Studio, a nap desk is no longer a thing of coffee-hazed daydreams.
The workstation created by the studio looks like a sleek modern desk, but also has a hidden lower deck that doubles as a single bed. Through simple slides and folds, the desk easily transforms into a functional nap space that will allow anyone to essentially nap while they’re at work.
Athanasia Leivaditou, the designer of the nap desk explains:
“The main concept was to comment on the fact that many times our lives are “shrinking” in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually, I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example, this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleep at night on those days when someone struggles to meet deadlines.”
There’s a huge debate in the startup industry as to whether this kind of lifestyle demands more sleep or less sleep – with several in the industry worried about the glorification of burnout. Across the Internet, you’ll find stories of startup founders or tech workers quitting their jobs and their projects because they could no longer deal with the burnout.
While it’s important to get the job done, it’s important to remember that a lack of sleep can have several, major deleterious effects on your brain, and can negatively impact your productivity overall. Napping – if done correctly – can actually boost your productivity, in ways that caffeine simply can’t. The nap desk, though, is still purely a model of what-may-be; for now, maybe consider this guide to power naps.
(H/T PSFK blog)
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