Would You Use An Office Nap Pod?

Workplace Nap Pods For Mums: Good Idea?
4 May 2016

In what must be the best ever example of stating the blimmin' obvious, researchers have discovered that working mums get less sleep than women who do not have kids.

But before you cry 'Give me strength' and berate me for writing about yet another silly study, let me tell you the best bit.

The researchers also proposed a number of recommendations to combat the lack of sleep that working mums must bear. My favourite of which is the idea of introducing "office sleep pods to enable short, restorative naps" for parents.

The obvious antidotes were also recommended - flexible working and tax schemes among them.

Interestingly, working mums get, on average, five hours less sleep a week than women who do not have children, while dads only lose an average of two hours' kip per week. (Cheers, dads.)

The Sun reports:

Parents who had children under the age of one were the most vulnerable to losing sleep and the hours of sleep lost increased with each subsequent child, the study found.

Mums with one kid got on average 48.8 hours of sleep a week, but this dropped to 45.8 hours after a second baby and 44.5 hours after their third child.

But let's just revisit the office nap pod for a moment. Could you imagine how freakin' awesome that would be?

Of course it's totally unworkable - the chances of having your snooze time curtailed by a clash in the nap time schedules would put me off for starters, plus I can't help think you'd look less than slick and professional if your boss knew you were off for forty winks every day after lunch.

And of course why stop at naps for working mums? Frankly I see no reason why the government can't implement a daily nap hour for parents everywhere, along with a robot nanny to take care of the kids while we catch up on a few Zzzs.

What I wouldn't give for the chance to rest my eyes for a few minutes in the midst of a long day chasing around after an inexhaustible two year old, followed by corralling her older brothers into doing their homework, tidying their rooms, and eating up their greens.

I could do with a little snooze right now, come to think of it.

So tell us, if you're a working mum would you use an office nap pod?! And in general are you for or against a cheeky little daytime snooze to help get you through the bedtime routine? Come and share your views in the comments below or join the debate on our Facebook page.

80 comments

  • Gaenor L.

    I'd never leave it!!

  • Emma S.

    this is what we need x

  • Rebecca B.

    , we definitely need one!! :sleeping::sleeping::sleeping:

  • Claire P.

    I think this is a fabulous idea xx

    • Hayley W.

      I will be discussing this in supervision lol x

    • Becki C.

      I agree brilliant idea!!!!!! it should be greatly discussed in supervision

  • Nicola S.

    I think we should raise this in the next meeting

    • Jenny D.

      I defo need one today another night of Daisy being awake moaning and crying from 11.30 till just after 3. Tried everything and nothing seems to work. Driving me insane. x

  • Heather F.

    hmmm let me think :joy::joy::joy:

  • Sarra R.

    YES! Omg heavenly idea :joy::sleeping::two_hearts:

  • Nicola L.

    Haha we'd be ok with one of these lol xx

    • Rebecca S.

      That would be great haha x

  • Jennifer J.

    omg yes slthough i dont think id wake back up lol

  • Karen D.

    Yes! When I was pregnant I fell asleep in the toilets on my lunch break. What I would've given for a sleep pod!

  • Robyn H.

    Genuinely need

  • Nadine R.

    Id never get back out of it !

  • Nicola B.

    I'd never wake up!

  • Susan C.

    we need one

  • Danielle S.

    we should get one for the office

  • Debbie L.

    I wouldnt leave it

  • Lorraine A.

    Lol. A friend of mine went for naps whilst the other supervisors kept a watch for their boss :joy::joy::joy:

  • Laura K.

    Im going to the army surplus store at lunch tomorrow for a camping mattress! Get the fairy lights up and it's ideal!

  • Sarah M.

    yes!!!

  • Michelle H.

    is this an actual question? #nobrainer

    • Shivs M.

      Omg I'd love a nap pod!

    • Michelle H.

      Cupboard with beanbag/nap pod...interesting:joy:

    • Shivs M.

      Haha can you imagine :joy: "be back in 10 kids, just entertain yourselves" :thumbsup_tone1:

    • KayTea B.

      Bye bye lunchtime clubs, hello nap pod!:smile:

  • Jane A.

    can i have one?!!! Pleeeeeeeeeeease!

  • Kate A.

    Heaven!

  • Emma S.

    we need sleep pods!! :joy::joy:

  • Lucy E.

    Wow! We need this in the office! I even need it and don't have any kids :joy::joy:

  • Kathryn R.

    I did, it was my car, kept a pillow and blanket and eye mask in it and went out for coffee break and lunch time naps and set my phone alarm. It was bliss.

  • Dawn B.

    Imagine waking up at 5pm having lost a whole day :joy:

  • Wendy S.

    With this and the wine ice lollys, who wouldn't go to work. Lol. Xx

  • Gayle E.

    :joy::thumbsup_tone1:

  • Tracey W.

    I miss my naps :zzz::zzz::zzz::zzz::zzz:

  • Katie G.

    Been wanting one in work for ages

  • Joanne K.

    I'd never leave one that's the problem!!

  • Kelly C.

    this would be nice ;)

  • Laura

    Me neither!!!

  • Alma M.

    , - we need this, lol! Get it on the agenda for next meeting :joy::joy::joy:

  • Bonnie W.

    I would definitely make space for one of these, no fear lol :joy:!!!!

  • Gayle R.

    think we should have 1 :joy: xx

  • Donna J.

    we need this! :joy:

  • Marie G.

    I'm ordering one for my house - It'll have a lock and kids won't be allowed in! lol

  • Aimee R.

    I would never leave it lol

    • Sophie E.

      Best thing ever

  • Tori W.

    - this is what I need :sleeping::sleeping::sleeping:

    • Dawn W.

      Great idea :joy:X

  • Melanie L.

    Great idea x

  • Andrea C.

    Definately esp after today :joy::joy:

  • Lisa M.

    It wouldn't be a nap....a full on two hour kip.....more than my 36 mins lunch break anyway!! Ha!!

  • Susan J.

    It's says on average we have 5 hours sleep less a week than someone without children... I would say 5 hours less sleep a night is more likely!! Feels like it anyway!! :joy::joy: xx

  • Jess W.

    Need :joy:

  • Jodie M.

    This is just what I need :heart_eyes:

  • Jackie W.

    Sounds like a great idea :thumbsup: x

  • Lisa M.

    5 hours sleep is a full nights sleep ha!

  • Lorraine F.

    OMG we are defo going to need one of these :smiley:

  • Johanna M.

    - I'm suggesting this at the next team meeting :joy::joy::zzz::sleeping:

  • Gail F.

    Think all work places should have one

  • Gillian M.

    Omg absolutely would work wonders :thumbsup::laughing: x

  • Laura H.

    Some places have these. Great idea

  • Laura M.

    I need that! !!

  • Rebekah L.

    Yes! This is brilliant ... Uninterrupted sleep ... :upside_down::upside_down: bliss xx

  • Lynne G.

    I think i should get this introduced in our work :joy::joy:

  • Vikki F.

    defo need one of these

  • Faye B.

    Fab idea, a half hour snooze every hour would be just what we need to recharge!! xx

  • Faye B.

    I did actually nap in my car a few lunchtimes when I was pregnant!! This would be much more comfy for next time!! xx

  • Leila C.

    Yes please!!

  • Kyleigh C.

    I'm laughing at the idea of 48 hours sleep a week. Lol

  • Karen J.

    Thats just what we need :grin: xx

  • Lisa K.

    Can you imagine the fights and arguments over it :joy:

  • Rebecca A.

    YES!!!!! X

  • Sam C.

    Only just seen this.... I was asleep! Haha xx

  • Gillian M.

    we need this!!!!!!! Xxx

    • Carol M.

      Oh that would be fab I will put in a request to head office first thing :blush::zzz:x

    • Gillian M.

      good, good!!! Xxx

  • Ashleigh K.

    Not even a parent but need a nap pod!!!!

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