If you're an employer in New York City and wondering why your employees are
disappearing in the middle of the afternoon, try looking for them on the 24th
floor of the Empire State Building, where a month-old company called MetroNaps
offers the perfect environment for 20-minute power naps.
Reuters reports that "stressed-out customers arrive in a quiet, darkened
room filled with futuristic chairs, or 'napping pods,' where they can pay $14
for their snooze." Sleepers stretch out in plush reclining seats, cover
their legs with blankets, and listen to music piped into headphones. After 20
minutes, the pod wakes them with a combination of vibrations and light.
Management discourages napping longer than 20 minutes--it tends to leave
one more groggy than refreshed.
Abdul Latif, a Broadway singer and dancer, told Reuters that paying for a nap
beats sitting in a coffee shop. "It's the closest thing to your bed,"
he said. "It's either this, or the top of a table with your head down."
Reuters, via Yahoo!