While specialists argue that midday naps can help busy people improve their cognitive ability, in many cultures these are considered inappropriate at the work place. There are indeed lots of companies that offer their employees the possibility to relax in specially arranged places, but very few are exploring the benefits of individual relaxation.
An interesting approach to this problem is the sleeping capsule created by French designer Marie Virginie Berbet for office furniture brand Haworth. The product is named CalmSpace and it is specially designed to fit in an office space.
The capsule contains a fabric-upholstered mattress that ensures a comfortable nap and comes equipped with preset lighting cycles and soundtracks designed to make it easier to fall asleep and then slowly wake back up. The color red is applied to help one fall asleep while blue is for wake them up.
Before entering, individuals have the possibility to select from three different rest sessions: 10, 15 and 20 minutes. The explanation for these short time intervals is the difficulty of waking up after you take a nap longer than 30 minutes.
To offer as much silence possible, the CalmSpace was equipped at the entrance with an acoustic curtain, while between the internal and external skin it was used acoustic foam.
The interesting sleeping capsule was unveiled at Orgatec 2012, a trade fair that particularly focuses on the flexible and dynamic working environments of the future.
How it is seen a nap at work in your country? Would you want a CalmSpace at your work place?
Photos and sources: eu.haworth.com
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