While some of us stand in line at Starbucks waiting for our caffeine fix to help us find enough energy to get through the day, others are paying to sleep at nap cafes. In New York City, Nap York is a new place tired folks can come pay $10 to sleep for half an hour in a nap pod.
The dimly-lit napping pods come with a single mattress, adjustable LED lights on the ceiling that look like a starry sky, plants to purify the air, soundproof curtains, essential oil diffusers, and noise-cancelling headphones so you can rest, meditate, read, or whatever you do to recharge and feel refreshed. And they change the sheets on the vegan leather sleep pod after every use, so it’s nice and clean.
Nap cafes like this one are catching on because research shows that taking naps during the workday makes us more productive. A Harvard study found that taking a 45-minute nap improves learning and memory and NASA study observing tired astronauts and military pilots found that a 40-minute nap improved their performance by 34% and alertness by 100%.
And as much as we love coffee for a pick-me-up, it’s not really helping our problem. Dr. Jordan Josephson points out that caffeine doesn’t fix your exhaustion and he says it’s better to use a healthier alternative like taking a quick nap. But experts advise not sleeping for more than 20 or 30 minutes, or you’ll wake up groggy and disoriented.