Japanese company designs upright ‘nap box’ for exhausted workers to sleep at their jobs
To help solve the issue of long office hours and overworking, two Japanese companies are working together to develop a “nap box” where users can sleep standing upright.
Itoki Corporation, a furniture specialist, and Koyoju Gohan KK, a plywood supplier, signed a license agreement on Thursday and partnered to release the nap boxes in offices in Japan to promote a healthier work environment.
家具企业伊藤喜和胶合板供应商Koyoju Gohan KK于7月14日签署了一项许可协议，在日本联合推出在办公室使用的“睡眠盒子”，帮助营造更健康的工作环境。
The nap box will have users sleep standing upright and will ensure comfort in the head, knees, and rear to support the user from falling over. The communications director of Itoki, Kawashima Saeko, aims to provide a healthier option for employees who wish to take short naps during the workday.
“In Japan, there are a lot of people who will lock themselves up in the bathroom for a while, which I don’t think is healthy. It’s better to sleep in a comfortable location,” Kawashima told Bloomberg. “I think a lot of Japanese people tend to work continuously with no breaks. We are hoping that companies can use this as a more flexible approach to resting.”
The pods' release date and pricing have not yet been decided.