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  • When rest isn't best - long COVID, insomnia and MSK

    Too much of anything isn't good for you and rest isn't an exception to that rule. Then why are we bombarded with messages to tell us to rest more? As a population, we are generally not resting enough. Many of us are not getting ample rest at night or throughout the day. Many of us are misinterpreting what is rest. We need more rest and we need better quality rest. Around 80% of people are not getting enough sleep with 30% suffering from insomnia. It's safe to say that, for the majority, getting too much rest is the last thing they should be concerned about. But there are times when we need to be more conscious of our drive to rest. Understanding the drivers of your habits can help you make healthier choices. Rest is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle that also includes activity. Balancing your activity and rest is important. There may be times we delay treatment for underlying health issues by resting more. What does good rest look like? Feeling well-rested after a good night's sleep A short nap during the day, or occasionally a longer one when needed Getting sensory and cognitive breaks during the day What does too much rest look like? Regularly sleeping long hours (10+hrs) Regularly having long naps (1+ hours a day) Regularly napping multiple times a day Resting too much may be a symptom of underlying health challenges. We recommend you talk to your doctor. There are some health challenges that make us want to rest more but it potentially isn’t the best course of action. This isn't medical advice but rather a prompt to consider your context and speak to a medical practitioner if necessary. Musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) Excess rest to manage symptoms may not be the best. A key way to improve MSK in the long term is regular movement and activity. You should talk to your doctor and physio to understand how much you should be resting during the day. If you find yourself resting to manage symptoms you should bring this up with your doctor and find more effective ways to manage those symptoms. Long COVID Pacing your recovery is important with long COVID. Jumping straight back into your old routine may cause a flare-up of symptoms or burnout. But it is important to ensure your symptoms such as lack of stamina are not deteriorating due to too much rest. Steadily increasing your activity levels is important for recovery. If you find yourself increasing your rest periods instead you should talk to your doctor about this. At work, your occupational health team would be able to provide more support. Insomnia When it comes to insomnia it is often recommended to limit napping during the day to make it that little bit easier to try and sleep at night time. Improving your nighttime sleep long term is the priority. If you feel you are suffering from insomnia it is important to talk to your doctor who will be able to help you through treatments and coping methods. Your occupational health team at work may also have more resources to help you improve your sleep. Chronic fatigue The causes and treatments for chronic fatigue are extensive. It is important you seek medical help if you are experiencing chronic fatigue. Naps can help you manage the symptoms however excessive napping should be discussed with your medical practitioner. Be conscious of using napping as a bandaid for underlying health issues. Napping is a powerful habit that can make us feel better, and improve our health and performance but only if it is used correctly. If you suspect you have an underlying health issue that you think is causing you to nap more it is important to talk to a medical professional about how to manage this. Life is all about balance, there may be days when you have underlying health issues but need to be on the top of your game. Understanding when you are resting too much and how this rest can impact your recovery is important. What does a good rest look like? Feeling well-rested after a good night's sleep of between 7-10 hours, uninterrupted A short nap during the day, or a longer one if you are an athlete in training or not feeling well Getting sensory and cognitive breaks during the day What to find out about the best environment to rest at work? Check out our Rest Space.

  • Sustainable wellbeing: We need to shift guilt to pride

    I recently attended a panel on sustainability in wellbeing with some great leaders in the industry. A point that stuck in my mind was, 'to have a sustainable wellbeing culture we need to shift our mindset from guilt to pride.' We know the importance of looking after our wellbeing, yet often we feel guilty when looking after our own wellbeing during work hours. It stems from years of hearing that ‘time is money’ and seeing bad examples of leadership that penalise any behaviour that isn’t short of burnout. Things have shifted. But despite us encouraging our peers to look after their wellbeing or management encouraging you, these feelings of guilt still remain. What does this look like? It can manifest in different ways. Such as hiding the wellbeing activities we do, marking our calendar with ‘meeting’ instead of ‘run’ or claiming you were on another call instead of on your daily digital detox walk or nap. It also manifests by us feeling guilty and profusely apologising when a preplanned wellbeing activity clashes with an unplanned work meeting. Instead of feeling guilty for not being able to make a work meeting due to a scheduled wellbeing activity or your working hours; shift your mindset from apologising to one that states it proudly. For example, “I’m really sorry I have to spend time with my daughter *insert over-explanation* but I’ll *insert promise that stretches you even further to make up for it*” to “I will not be able to make this meeting because I am spending some time with my daughter. *or wellbeing priority*” To shift the culture each and every one of us needs to lead by example. One area I still see a lot of guilt is with a workday nap. This is usually presented through hiding your nap or by not sharing it and pretending you were doing something else. What many of us don’t see is around 80% of people admit to napping at work, it is already the norm. Potentially the most consistent wellbeing activity any workforce does engage in. As science proves what thousands of years of human experience already taught us, workplace napping is slowly starting to shake its stigma. Napping during the day makes us more effective all-round. Job Performance A recent survey found that nappers were more likely to be in a managerial role and to have received a promotion in the last year compared to non-nappers. With 53% of nappers receiving promotions in the last year, compared to only 35% of non-nappers, and 55% of nappers worked in a managerial role, compared to 41% of non-nappers. This is no surprise when you start to count the hundreds of research studies that have found napping improves productivity, creativity, interpersonal skills, mood, motivation, ability to deal with conflict, decision making… The list goes on. We should not feel guilty for wanting to be better at our work, yet we hide it when we take a nap to improve our performance. Incidents At least 18% of work-related incidents are due to fatigue. It is not hard to find many high profile disasters where fatigue is attributed as the main cause: the Space Challenger explosion, the Chernobyl disaster and the Exxon Valdez oil spill to name a few. We hope your organisation never experiences a disaster like that. But what about the incidents in your organisation that are untrackable? A decision that throws the project off track for months, a bug that reduces subscription renewals, a tweet that gets the company ‘cancelled’, a trade executed with an extra 0 at the end or a clause misinterpreted on a contract. You get the idea. The challenge with fatigue is that we are not able to judge how fatigued we actually are, often these incidents are put down to oversight and the true cost of fatigue is never fully understood. We should not feel guilty for taking pride in our work, yet we hide it when we take a nap to improve the quality of our work. Diversity and inclusion These quotes from real people speak for themselves: ‘Since developing health issues it's very difficult to be out for the day without a place to nap’. ‘Having access to a Rest Space was an absolute Godsend! In my first trimester, I was naturally exhausted. Travelling and working long office hours was tough and I wasn’t ready to share my pregnancy; we had waited 6 years!’ ‘I have been advocating for ‘rest breaks’ for people with ME since 2014’. ‘I really needed space to recollect myself in privacy, or make up for the sleep disruption I had during my menopause’. Although most employees will really need a space to rest at least a few times in the year, there are employees where having a private space to rest in the work environment will transform their experience and allow them to truly be their best at work. We should not feel guilty for managing our personal circumstances, yet we hide it when we take a nap to improve how we get on with the day. Wellbeing Our body and mind are very active when we sleep, we go into repair mode. This makes napping great for physical and mental wellbeing. A cat nap reduces stress, boosts happiness hormones and reduces cortisol levels. A nap allows us to put some emotional distance from events and view them more objectively. A nap helps manage burnout and anxiety. Napping helps our physical wellbeing too. Studies show that napping 3 times a week can reduce the likelihood of heart disease by up to 37%. It also helps improve our self-control and levels of ghrelin (hunger hormone). This can be hugely beneficial for employees trying to manage their health. We often reach for sugar and high processed foods when instead we could have a short nap. It is important to note that napping isn’t a substitute for a good night's sleep. It can be a vital tool for employees that are not able to have a good night's sleep because of children, stress, working hours and the myriad of reasons beyond their control. For those with great nighttime sleep, it just makes them even better. We should not feel guilty for managing our personal circumstances, yet we hide it when we take a nap to improve our wellbeing. Some tips on how to frame your nap at work: ‘I was taking a nap, which is great because now I can really get stuck in this piece of work’ ‘I will be having a nap then, we can schedule the meeting for after when my creativity will be on top form.’ ‘Let me sleep on it and get back to you after my nap’ Now that you have a better understanding on how napping is benefiting you AND your company it is time to turn the guilt associated with napping to pride. It's just bad business not to have a rest culture at work. The next step is getting a rest space.

  • Understanding your chronotype and how it affects your productivity

    Do you ever feel like you're on a different schedule to everyone around you? Do you find yourself yawning at the dinner table while everyone around you is buzzing with energy? Or maybe you're feeling drained during the mid morning no matter how many hours of sleep you get? It simply doesn't feel like you’re getting enough sleep? This might be down to not understanding your chronotype or otherwise known as your biological body clock, and how it affects your productivity. What is a chronotype and where does it come from? Your chronotype controls your body's natural tendencies to fall asleep and wake up during the day. It can be used to explain why some people find it difficult to sleep at night or even reach a state of tiredness at all. Your chronotype is usually closely related to your circadian rhythm, which is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle and the release of melatonin in response to a list of factors such as temperature and light. The major difference between this and your chronotype however is that your circadian rhythm can be trained through is referred to as zeitgebers such as light and your sleep routine. Your chronotype can not be altered but may change naturally over your lifetime as our bodies and brains age. Your chronotype comes from the length of your PER3 gene amongst others. Chronotypes can vary from person to person due to a list of factors including age, genetics and possibly even geographical location due to the change in daylight hours. But there seems to be a general rule that when we are born; we start with an earlier chronotype and typically this gets pushed back as we reach adolescence, this may be why people say teenagers are lazy when really, they're just adapting to a shift in their chronotype! It then tends to get earlier as we approach our mid 20s. The amount your chronotype adjusts differs from person to person some people may see a couple hours shift in the time they want to go to bed other may see little difference. Although as we said you cannot change your chronotype, you can use your knowledge of it to better understand your body clock. Not only can it improve your productivity and the quality of your sleep, but finding a sleep schedule that best suits you will have a positive effect on your mental health! It's found that it can make us less tired throughout the day, more cheerful, achieve a healthier lifestyle and help us to be more tolerant of your moral judgment of others. Understanding your internal clock will also allow you to come up with a day to day schedule that best suits you and help you to become more organised. Figuring out your own chronotype Scientists usually describe two chronotypes: eveningness and morningness, otherwise known as night owls and early birds (sometimes known as morning larks) Many say chronotypes fall on a spectrum, and with most people lying somewhere in between eveningness and morningness, researchers devised the term “hummingbirds” to explain their chronotype. There are two main questionnaires that scientists have developed. These are the Morningness versus Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ) and the Munich ChronoType Questionnaire (MCTQ). The MEQ test focuses on your wake and sleep times while the MCTQ tries to understand your chronotype by asking a list of questions about your range of activities, for example meal and exercise times. So, I bet the question you're wondering now is how to find and understand which chronotype best explains you, right? To figure out your chronotype, think about what time you would prefer to wake up on a day off, completely free of any responsibilities. You probably already know off the top of your head whether you prefer to wake up early or late, if not you could use one of the questionnaires i mentioned above. Whichever way you decide to find out your chronotype, there is no doubt that there are only positives to finding it. Not only will it benefit your overall health and productivity - it might just be the missing key to unlocking the best sleep of your life! If you’re interested in investing in a Rest Space for your workplace. Get in touch to find out more!

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  • Metroline | RestSpace LDN

    This is your Rest Space. Improve your health and wellbeing ​ On this page, you'll find all the information you need to best understand your sleep habits. Scroll down to access it all... Take 2 minutes so we can understand how best to help you. We want to help improve your working day and create the best environment for you at work. Get Started Resources Rest Space Everest User Manual Button Why sleep is more important than you think Button How to nap like a pro Button Introducing the Rest Space Button What makes a good nap (coming soon) Button What does a good night sleep look like Button What makes you fall asleep Button What happens when you sleep Button Sleep video playlist Button Blogs Understanding your chronotype and how it affects your productivity Your breath is the key to a good night’s sleep! Is your job the cause of your Insomnia? We were wrong! Oh so desperately wrong Happy World Sleep Day 2022! Here Are Some Tips To Improve Your Sleep Quality… Tired All The Time? Here Are The 7 Types of Rest You Actually Need Take 2 minutes so we can understand how best to help you. We want to help improve your working day and create the best environment for you at work. Get Started

  • Rest Space - Nap pods for people who power our cities

    Revolutionising workplace productivity SMART PERSONAL CLEAN Energised workforce Giving employees the downtime they need to remain productive throughout the day Order Now Find Out More The way forward Learn how you can utilise the space in your workplace to the fullest Order Now Find Out More Don't get left behind More and more companies have adopted a wellness space to ensure maximal efficiency Order Now Find Out More Marcel Fowler An amazing and rejuvenating experience An amazing and rejuvenating experience, the rest space team have managed to create a real sanctuary within an office. Show more Elvis León This sleeping pod saved my life This sleeping pod saved my life. Thank you for creating a space to rest and reenergize. Show more Mirella Koleva Great place for a recharge! I was so happy when I found out we were getting a rest space in the office! It instantly made me more relaxed to know that I could always have a lie-down if I felt a bit worn out at any point during the day. The rest space was very convenient and easy to use: it has a handy shoe compartment underneath and a shelf inside where you can leave your phone and bag. It locks from the inside securely. The bed is clean, hygienic and comfortable. I very much enjoyed having some down time in the rest space. The only thing I regret is that I didn't book it for longer! Show more Tom Dowler Game changer for the office! As a notorious nap pod sceptic, I was surprised by just how comfortable Rest Spaces are. It's safe to say it completely changed my mind on the topic - its carefully thought out design allowing me to get a proper rest in before I continued to work hard in the afternoons. Quality design accompanied by a very impressive sleep consultation, ironing out some issue's I've had for years. Game changer for the office! Show more Manuel Martínez So happy to be able to take a break… So happy to be able to take a break without people judging me for it! I've always found that I'm most productive after a quick nap so having a restspace in the office has been a game changer. Show more Discover the best place to rest Get a 60 day free trial to a [Rest Space] in your workplace Order Now Contact Us

  • What we do | Rest Space

    Out of gallery People are the backbone of any business ​ We empower them to be the best version of themselves Order Now Contact Us INFECTION CONTROL Here at Rest Space, we understand the importance of your health and wellbeing and it is an utmost priority to us, we have taken additional measures to help prevent diseases and bacteria from spreading with anti-microbial surfaces and improved ventilation in our Rest Spaces. ​ Contact us to find out more Order Now Find Out More SELF CLEANING Air purification and antimicrobial fabrics sleep mask PERSONAL Spacious undisrupted privacy SMART Voice-controlled soothing lighting and sounds BESPOKE Designed to your needs, backed with data and integrated with support VENTILATION FANS Quiet fans to help circulate the air inside SOUND REDUCING Minimise noise with sound absorbing and blocking layers SPEAKERS Bluetooth speakers to help you relax with soothing sounds LIGHTING Variety of soothing lights to help you rest MATTRESS Wipe clean mattress, keeping it fresh PRIVACY LOCK To ensure you rest time is not interrupted We've created the best space to rest ​ After years of struggling to find a place to recharge in the workplace, we decided to create a space of privacy and tranquillity. A place to rest, breathe and unwind . It’s a simple idea that can change the way we live by empowering people to be more productive, focused and creative, in the moments that matter most. ​ At [Rest Space], we have created the perfect environment ; inspired by the traditional Japanese capsule hotels' nap pods with its fully enclosed space. ​ The design was built with comfort and warmth in mind; it uses sustainable woods that can allow the user to feel calmer and switch-off faster. There is no better place for napping at work. ​ Get your own [Rest Space] and have the best place to recharge Order Now Find Out More Marcel Fowler An amazing and rejuvenating experience An amazing and rejuvenating experience, the rest space team have managed to create a real sanctuary within an office. Show more Elvis León This sleeping pod saved my life This sleeping pod saved my life. Thank you for creating a space to rest and reenergize. Show more Mirella Koleva Great place for a recharge! I was so happy when I found out we were getting a rest space in the office! It instantly made me more relaxed to know that I could always have a lie-down if I felt a bit worn out at any point during the day. The rest space was very convenient and easy to use: it has a handy shoe compartment underneath and a shelf inside where you can leave your phone and bag. It locks from the inside securely. The bed is clean, hygienic and comfortable. I very much enjoyed having some down time in the rest space. The only thing I regret is that I didn't book it for longer! Show more Tom Dowler Game changer for the office! As a notorious nap pod sceptic, I was surprised by just how comfortable Rest Spaces are. It's safe to say it completely changed my mind on the topic - its carefully thought out design allowing me to get a proper rest in before I continued to work hard in the afternoons. Quality design accompanied by a very impressive sleep consultation, ironing out some issue's I've had for years. Game changer for the office! Show more Manuel Martínez So happy to be able to take a break… So happy to be able to take a break without people judging me for it! I've always found that I'm most productive after a quick nap so having a restspace in the office has been a game changer. Show more Contact us The RestSpace Everest ​ Product specification ​ Empowering people to be the best version of themselves through rest Order now Download product spec Understanding your chronotype and how it affects your productivity Your breath is the key to a good night’s sleep! Is your job the cause of your Insomnia? 1 2 3 4 5 Subscribe Now Don't miss a single blog post:

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