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  • Why should we normalise sleeping at work?

    With most of us working from home during the pandemic, we’ve learned to appreciate the many advantages that flexibility has to offer. The ability to take regular breaks without feeling guilty as well as the ability to take a nap straight after lunch. As a result, we have regained control over our time, allowing us to be more calm and relaxed, which is why we believe one should be allowed to rest while at work. In some workplaces, sleeping is considered a gross misconduct and can lead to disciplinary action, or even termination of employment. This begs the question: why is sleep considered a sin, unprofessional or lazy? We feel that as a society we should eliminate the shame and stigma associated with napping at work, and normalise it! Now that some of us are returning to the office, we would like to keep our afternoon naps. They allow us to be back to work full of energy and ready to be productive! Napping during the day has been demonstrated in multiple studies to boost not only productivity but also employee mood and wellbeing. We don't want employees to go back to the rigid ways that slay the joy of work and leave little room for freedom. Trust your employees to do their work, for as long as they are healthy and well-rested, they will be more productive, happier and produce better quality results, trust your people! Inclusion and diversity are two important reasons as to why we should also normalise sleeping at work. Companies should be mindful of employees who might suffer from chronic fatigue due to hidden disabilities or health concerns that require regular rest breaks, or those who are pregnant and need to rest throughout the day. Some employees have long commutes, while others may simply be exhausted following a restless night's sleep, thus it makes sense for them to take a 10-20 minute power nap to feel much more energised. Additionally, sleep loss can lead to decreased office productivity, increased absenteeism, workplace accidents and injuries, as well as motor vehicle accidents during commutes, especially in the presence of underlying sleep disorders. As a result, it may be more expensive for employers in the long run to deny their employees the opportunity to rest and enhance total daily sleep time with a brief power nap during working hours, rather than to prevent napping when necessary [1]. Sleeping at work is not something that will only benefit those working standard 9-5 office jobs. It also has the potential to have a significant impact on those working non-traditional hours or shift jobs. For example, Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD), affects employees who work different shifts, including night shifts. These people are our healthcare practitioners and drivers. Those suffering from SWSD experience symptoms such as sleeplessness and excessive tiredness, thus having rest areas to use during their breaks could be very beneficial to their safety and improve their performance. Power naps are proven to promote not only productivity and creativity but also problem-solving and logical reasoning, according to research. Even those who are well-rested can benefit from frequent naps that improve alertness, performance, and stress relief. Our current objective is to keep spreading the word about the benefits of napping in order to combat the many physical, mental, and financial effects of exhaustion. We intend to normalise and implement planned napping during work hours in the long run. As a result, we are getting closer to a society that appreciates napping and seeks to eliminate the stigma associated with taking a midday snooze. It should be noted that daytime naps and resting spaces such as beds and sleeping pods in the workplace are not a new phenomenon; they have already been incorporated into the workplace culture of global companies like Google, Uber, Nike, Cisco, Zappos, Huffington Post, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, and Ben & Jerry’s [1] The pandemic has made us even more aware of how important it is to take care of our bodies, not just physically but also mentally. We have discovered the benefits of flexibility that come with having more time for ourselves and our loved ones. We have been able to adapt our schedule to allow for more time for ourselves and our wellbeing, so why should we change that now that we are back in the office? If anything, we should all continue to strive for that sweet work-life balance that allows us to take frequent breaks without feeling guilty or judged. By creating and introducing resting spaces, we ensure everyone will be happy and feel more included, engaged and strengthen humane connections at work. As such, HR and wellbeing managers should strongly consider providing resting areas, whether that is sofas for quick breaks, or sleeping pods, where employees can take a little nap and recharge before continuing their workday. By introducing such initiatives and solutions, sleeping at work will become less stigmatised and eventually normalised for everyone. If you are interested in learning more about sleeping pods we believe our product, the RestSpace, would be very beneficial for your company and employees. If you’d like to find out more about How Can Employers Support The Transition Back To The Office?, or What makes our Rest Space the best place to rest?, do Get in Touch with us to find out more about our RestSpace product. References: [1] Sara E Alger, Allison J Brager, Vincent F Capaldi, Challenging the stigma of workplace napping, Sleep, Volume 42, Issue 8, August 2019, zsz097

  • Do nap pods work?

    Over the years, napping at work has always been frowned upon. There is a stigma that suggests that you are lazy if you have a nap; but daytime sleepiness at work can leave you feeling drowsy and fatigue. Your sleep the previous night may have been disrupted and left you only getting a short amount of shut eye resulting in you having daytime sleepiness at work. This would affect your concentration at work and increase the risk of mistakes and accidents happening. Having a space to nap would help solve this problem; just getting a 20 minute nap could help boost your productivity and allow you to be more alert. But on the other hand, not having a comfortable space to rest can leave you feeling frustrated and leading your employees to nap in places such as the toilet or on the chair which would be uncomfortable. Having a nap pod in your office would help employees manage their fatigue. The use of nap pods in companies has become popular over the last few years. Multinational companies Google, Samsung and NASA have installed nap pods into their office so that their staff are able to rest and work on their health and wellbeing. Research has shown that nap pods have been the most preferred solution to fixing daytime sleepiness at work over drinking caffeine, eating sugary foods, smoking cigarettes or going for a walk. The NHS Trust The NHS has installed nap pods into dozens of hospitals for a trial The Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust being the first in June 2018. Having nap pods at the hospitals would help overworked doctors and nurses get the best rest they need to be alert and productive at work. Royal Wolverhampton spent £17,000 to put a sleep pod in the A&E unit at New Cross hospital and Cannock Chase hospital. In 2019, Walsall Healthcare trust tried out two pods and a recliner chair. “The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.” said Catherine Griffiths, Director for People and Culture at the Trust. “As well as being used for a power nap the pods and recliners will benefit staff who have had to deal with a distressing, challenging or stressful situation. They can take a few minutes to collect their thoughts and relax before returning to work.” Catherine Griffiths A study from Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has shown that more staff were taking breaks after the nap pod was introduced from 37% to 69%. A post nap pod survey showed that 81% of staff felt more alert and 83% were more energised after using them. How does Rest Space help? At Rest Space we offer the best place to rest; we have designed our Rest Space sleeping pods using the latest sleep research. Our nap pods have ventilator fans, antimicrobial fabrics and a finishing on the wooden structure which successfully prevents bacteria or dust mites. Soothing lights and sound reduction to help customers fall asleep easier in noisy or busy environments and a privacy lock to ensure that your rest is not interrupted. if you would like to learn more about the power of nap pods and how to make the most out of them, please contact RestSpaceLDN

  • Our top sleep books you should read

    Here are some of the books inspiring us and are a must read for anyone looking to improve their health, wellbeing and performance. Think of how much we know about food, another basic need, we should know the same amount if not more about sleep. We should know about the ‘vitamins and minerals’ of sleep, about the ‘digestive system’ and how it works. We should know the tips and healthy habits, and what hinders our sleep. We should have learned this in primary school. I have been learning a lot of the habits; we have adapted to cope with sleep loss which can hinder your sleep quality and make your sleep worse. A lot of the things we do to try and get some sleep can also have a negative effect on our sleep quality, but because we don’t understand sleep we don’t realise the impact of these habits. Using alcohol or TV to fall asleep, having caffeine throughout the day, even sleeping tablets can be detrimental to our sleep. There is a time and place for sleeping tablets and they shouldn’t be used as a catch all solution to sleep problems. “Sleep is the best form of physiologically injected venture capital you could ever wish for. When you’ve had insufficient sleep you can’t think as quickly and you’re not as creative,” - Matthew Walker Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker I have always disliked the fact that building a career means you almost had to lose out on sleep. When I read Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, it was so clear that we as humans were doing things wrong. We gave up our bi-phasic sleeping patterns and relied on caffeine and sugar to power through the day. Why We Sleep was a very comprehensive introduction to the sleep world for us. It was the first in depth book on sleep I touched and introduced me to the complex intertwined world of sleep. It made me realise that when it comes to sleep for most of us, our understanding is at pre-school level. That is pretty bad considering we spend ⅓ of our lives sleeping. We know we sleep because we are tired, we know it makes us feel better, beyond that we don’t know exactly why we get tired? how does it make us feel better? what healthy sleep looks like?. Why We Sleep gave me that first introduction to sleep and allowed me to start to know what to research and learn about. Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired by Till Roenneberg Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired by Till Roenneberg was eye opening in helping understand how our internal timing is in conflict with our social timing. It was a very well written account of the impact our circadian rhythm has on our social lifes and vice versa with some great story telling. It helped really see the need to use Rest Space to raise awareness of the various ways we can live a more balanced life especially at work through understanding our bodies better. From there we explored other sleep related books, scientific articles and podcasts and realized that sleep research was in its infancy and is finally starting to get the attention it deserves. Sleep Junkies Podcast It is not a book but it had to make the list. The sleep junkies podcast is just so comprehensive when it comes to all topics about sleep. We feel it is very important for the integrity of our company and the work we do to make sure we are solving the right issues and promoting healthy life changes. These resources have been great ways to stay up to date with the latest developments in the field of sleep. It introduced me to the work of a lot of leading researchers such as Dr Amy M. Bender and Christopher M. Barnes. Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sara Mednick ‘A consensus emerged that not only is napping beneficial for alertness, mental ability and overall health but our brains are actually programmed for it’ Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sara Mednick One very underrated book, Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sara Mednick has been great in bringing together so perfectly the power of what we are creating. This should be on the top of the list for any productivity hack and health hack books. Helping us understand the real human impact and power of the business we are building and also a great guideline to ensure we are helping people rest in healthy ways and not promote unhealthy habits. It is the most comprehensive text we have come across when it comes to napping, written by someone whose work is dedicated to researching napping! ‘Napping is a sign of taking control of your life’ - Sara Mednick Secret World of Sleep by Guy Leschziner The last book we are going to mention is Guy Leschziner the Secret World of Sleep after reading The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy, I was excited to delve into this book. Not everyone's experiences of sleep are equal and many people knowingly suffer from hindering sleep disorders. This book is a fascinating and eye opening account of some of the sleep patients Guy has seen and the challenges in diagnosing and living with these conditions. More awareness around sleep disorders will help those suffering to get the right help and the rest of us to be more understanding and accommodating of what they are going through at work and home. Many of us wouldn’t go to our doctor for sleep issues, yet sleep is a basic need. If we had trouble eating food, medical advice is one of the first points of call, however for many of us when it comes to sleep we suffer for years and years till it gets truly debilitating before we seek help. This book is a great book to understand the complexity of sleep disorders and how to navigate the medical system to get the right help. # This is just a snipit into the amazing sleep books we have read, we'd have to write a book ourselfs to do justice to all of them. Do you have a favorite book or sleep resource? Let us know! Tip: We found reading in the Rest Space is great! Perfect nook to get sunk into a good book.

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  • 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 Find out more

  • Who are we | RestSpace

    For the people who power the city The stoic city warriors The sleepless parents We are here to offer you a [Rest Space] About Us At Rest Space we believe that people are the backbone of any business, and we want to empower them to be the best version of themselves. After years of struggling to find a place to recharge in the workplace, we’ve created the best space to rest. ​ Inspired by the traditional Japanese capsule hotels with their fully enclosed space and acknowledging the need for a place of rest within offices, we’ve designed innovative workplace rest spaces. Through taking the time to talk to people, we’ve found that providing napping facilities on the job is the most consistently recommended solution to helping employees with fatigue. Our first product, the soundproof [RestSpace], is designed with real people in mind. It offers a flexible solution to taking 20-minutes rest, which has proven to increase productivity by 34%. We prioritise employee privacy and comfort whilst also maximising the space within the workplace through our unique rest spaces offer fully enclosed spaces which are also stackable pods. It’s engineered from sustainable materials, offers voiced controlled lighting and sounds and is backed by data-driven support to help employees to be healthy, productive, happy, focused and more rested. Brand Values Comfort We believe in user comfort whether that's in appealing to people with invisible illnesses who struggle to make it through the typical work day without a rest, or just curating a safe and private space within the workplace for any employee. We want to provide a bit of peace, sanctuary and calm at work. Energy We know how great it feels to wake up rejuvenated after a nap so we want to provide that boost of energy and productivity within a busy work environment. We want to inspire fresh ideas, positive attitudes and refresh employees through the power of napping. Ethical We want businesses and users to feel good about how we operate. That means being accessible and transparent. We put people and the planet first because we care about doing things the right way. We want our rest spaces to be used for the right reasons - for the betterment of people and businesses. Eduation It’s important that we share just why napping is so great for you - the sleep science behind it: the best times to nap, the duration for the best naps and the many health benefits. We empower people to make the choices they need to improve their well-being by making the latest understanding accessible and actionable. Familiar Despite utilising the latest sleep tech, we put familiarity first with a feel at home environment within the rest spaces. We know napping comes easier when it’s somewhere you feel familiar. We avoid futuristic designs and stick to warm, familiar aesthetics. New-ish We’re revolutionising sleep and workplaces, using the latest science, without sacrificing familiarity and comfort. We're refining the traditional workplace through connecting practices back to established habits and techniques. Who are we? Kate Mulligan Co-founder Computer Science graduate who moved on to an exciting career in finance and organization transformation. Prior to this Kate has 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Throughout all of this remaining a napping at work advocate and practitioner. Supa Chantschool Co- founder Biomedical graduate with an International Health Management masters who moved on to a fast-paced career in pharmaceutical market research & consulting. Prior to this Supa has 10+ years of management experience in the service industry. All of this achieved through brilliance and secret napping. What's the story behind [Rest Space]? Co-Founder Kate Mulligan conceived of Rest Space when she realised that she wasn’t the only one who loved napping. In fact, working in finance - juggling late nights and early morning starts - these naps were a necessary way to get through the working day. And it wasn’t just her, colleagues expressed similar sentiments, but when she searched for the best locations to nap in Canary Wharf the only thing that came up was recommendations for people at work to nap in the toilets. The stigma of workplace napping makes employees feel like they have to hide their napping, but Kate began openly talking about napping at work. People began to share how professionally and socially beneficial napping was to them. And the research is pretty clear too - napping is good for you and has numerous health and personal benefits. ​ Co-Founders Kate and Supa dug into that research and were shocked to discover just how valuable napping is - that’s when they decided to create spaces for people to nap and tackle the stigma associated with it. They recognised that workplaces are placing an importance on employee wellbeing and rest spaces are crucial for that, especially in our non-stop lives. And so - Rest Space was born. Do nap pods work? Our top sleep books you should read Can You Afford Not To Have A Rest Space?

  • Sleep and Leadership Webinar | RestSpace LDN

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