We live in the golden age of useless inventions, but this "giraffenap" could carry the flag. No more worries about where to stretch your legs to sleep, because... well, we'll keep them straight as a pole. If you've ever wondered how a giraffe feels during its siesta, now you have an answer. The world shouts "Why?", KOYOJU responds with a bold "Why not?".
It could have happened anywhere, but instead...
Most of us dream of reclining chairs and soft beds, but the brilliant Japanese company KOYOJU Plywood Corporation has decided to take a completely different path. Gentlemen, here you are"giraffenap", the solution for those who think that sleeping standing up is the last frontier of comfort. Yes, you got it right: a capsule for sleeping standing up.
Where? Everywhere. In the office, at the bar, everywhere. The idea is to encourage short breaks of around 20 minutes to recharge. You really needed it, didn't you?
A coffee to sleep
If this seems like far-fetched news, think again: the Japanese company has even entered into a partnership with Nescafe Sleep Cafe in Harajuku, installing these capsules inside the café to test them. In a place where you drink coffee. Did I mention we're in Japan?
During the trial period, customers could enjoy their coffee and then take a nap while standing. Each "giraffenap" capsule is equipped with cushions that support the head, buttocks, shins and soles of the feet. According to KOYOJU, focusing on these four points allows the user to relax without compromising posture.
The creators of Giraffenap cite joint research by Hokkaido University and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. This research (which I link to here) suggests that by sleeping standing up, a person can reach the second stage of sleep, thanks to lighter breathing.
With the "giraffenap" capsules, KOYOJU hopes to make this dream come true, allowing people to return to work or their activities without feeling groggy after a nap.
Two models to sleep as you like
The "giraffenap" capsules are available in two models. Model "forest" is inspired by wooden saunas with a wooden grate design. It is equipped with an air purifier and an air conditioner to ensure good ventilation.
The second model, "Spacia", transports the user into space with its futuristic design. This capsule has a triangular design and white color that integrates well into an office environment.
Both models have undergone robustness tests to demonstrate their ability to withstand even strong earthquakes. During the experiments, the design team even simulated tremors based on seismic data from the Haga wave of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
While the idea of sleeping standing up might seem strange to many, KOYOJU Plywood Corporation firmly believes in the potential of its "giraffenap" capsules. Whether this is a passing trend or a real revolution in the world of rest, only time will tell.
In the meantime, if you're in the Harajuku area, why not try taking a nap standing up? You may find that it's just what you needed.