Adulting is exhausting. There are bills to pay, homes to keep, and endless responsibilities to bear. Between working, spending time with our families, and just trying to keep up with the daily grind (and our favorite Netflix shows), there never seem to be enough hours in the day.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult requires between 7 and 9 hours of sleep to function optimally. 9 HOURS. The last time my eyeballs saw the back of my eyelids for 9 straight hours was over a decade ago. Blessed be the fruit. Which could explain my extreme addiction to coffee.
But there may finally be a solution for all of us sleep-deprived, cognitively exhausted, coffee guzzling, Walking Dead doppelgänger employees.
The Under Desk Hammock.
Seinfeld’s George Costanza, the Godfather of Desk Napping, would be proud.
Manufactured by Uplift Desk, the hammock retails for a mere $55 on upliftdesk.com. A small price to pay for the comfort and convenience of being cocooned in billowy softness during your mid-day siesta. It beats falling asleep in your creaky company-issued chair with the stiff back and the foam seat that is sadly short on one key component – the foam.
The hammock is available in two colors – gray and blue – and mounts quickly to the desk frame using the carabiners included. It also comes with a handy storage bag when not in use.
Uplift Desk advertises it with the following how-can-you-resist marketing:
Rethink How You Rest
Can you identify with one or more of these statements?
- It’s been a crazy couple of months—and it just keeps coming.
- You generally work long hours.
- You’re more productive after a short nap, but it’s inconvenient to sleep at the office.
- You’re tired of snoozing in your car.
If so, it’s time to rethink how you rest. Instead of a gallon-a-day coffee habit, you could be catching some z’s whenever you please. The Under Desk Hammock clips in right under your UPLIFT V2 Standing Desk, providing you with a quiet little cocoon in the shade of your desktop.
And if you happen to be a bit hammockly-challenged?
Rest assured, they have an app for that. You can just lower the desk using an app on your smartphone or tablet “so that the hammock rests on the ground,” allowing you to get in easily. Once you’re settled, you can “use the Connect app to raise the hammock up. Reverse this procedure when you’re ready to get out.”
Unfortunately, the Under Desk Hammock is only compatible with the Uplift V2 Frame standing desk or the Uplift V2 L-Shaped Frame standing desk, so you may need to convince your boss to invest in a new desk.
Need help with your argument? According to a recent study, standing desks are associated with greater productivity, an increased sense of well-being and energy, and a decrease in fatigue and appetite.
And those power naps? Employers may just want to start encouraging them. Dr.Sara Mednick, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Irvine and author of the book, Take a Nap! Change your life, has found that naps stop the deterioration of performance. And can even reverse it. She tells the New York Times:
Daytime napping can have many of the benefits of overnight sleep, and different types of naps offer specific benefits.
Napping has been proven to enhance performance, reduce mistakes and accidents, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, and lift your mood.
So next time you feel yourself drifting off at your desk, ditch the guilt, grab your hammock, and catch a few Zs. It’s a win-win for everyone.