He sees offering a napping option as an important part of the overall work-life-balance, especially for members of the millennial generation who want to work when and where they want.
“It’s definitely the most talked about element in the space,” said Burgess of the pod, which was created by MetroNaps of New York.
Designed to engulf the napper, the pod reclines and has a timer that awakens you with a combination of lights, vibration and music, and automatically puts you back in a seated position, said MetroNaps Chief Executive Christopher Lindholst. In Florida, St. Leo University and Florida Hospital Celebration Health have also bought the pods, which range in price from $8,995 to $12,985, Lindholst said.
MetroNaps, which has sold its EnergyPods in 20 countries, actually started out 10 years ago, opening “napping facilities,” storefronts in New York and Vancouver where busy executives would pay to take a catnap. But when the economy went to sleep, so did that idea.
“Companies have done a lot for nutrition and fitness over the years, but sleep is really the third pillar of our physical health, and few companies, until recently, have been doing anything about sleep habits,” said Lindholst, who encourages his own employees to nap.
Naps are not right for everyone. Nap for too long, and you might be groggy instead of refreshed. Daytime sleeping could lead to insomnia. And if you already have trouble sleeping at night, a nap may only exacerbate the problem, said Abreu, the UM sleep doctor.
In fact, the need for a nap may be a sign of a disorder, like disruptive sleep apnea or narcolepsy, he said.
“Take naps because it’s cultural, as long as it doesn’t interrupt nighttime sleep, or because you have poor sleep and need to perform at driving or work, so you’re protecting yourself and others from your sleepiness,” he advises.
As the workday drags on, some people simply yearn to doze.
Dorien Rowe, 24, used to take a nap when he came home in the afternoon from his part-time job at a museum.
But since he began working fulltime in May at a Brickell Avenue economic consulting firm, he has to fend off post-lunch fatigue with a Coke or a snack.
“I wish I could take a power nap for 15 minutes,” Rowe said, wistfully. “I work in a small office — there are only three of us — and once I sat in my chair with my eyes closed for 10 minutes. One time I pulled it off. But most of the time I try to fight it.”