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.
What's the story behind [Rest Space]?
We believe in user comfort whether that's in appealing to people with invisible illnesses who struggle to make it through the typical workday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.