There is a huge case to be made in favour of the power nap. Power naps boost our brain, improving creative problem solving, verbal memory, perceptual learning, object learning, and statistical learning. Most experts recommend a nap of 10-20 minutes, any longer can lead to “sleep inertia” – a deep grogginess that can be hard to snap out of.
But it’s not always easy to get a power nap at work, while travelling or even at home. That horrid sleep jerk that wakes you up each time, when your head rolls over onto the shoulder of your unsuspecting neighbour… Or the time you knocked over that scalding coffee on yourself – all these scenarios have more catastrophic endings than a brain boost, for sure.
But worry no more.
New York-based Joseph Herscher has been building innovative and quirky machines to make everyday work easier or just for sheer entertainment. And he’s got the perfect solution for you! It’s so simple, you’ll kick yourself for not thinking it up yourself!
For the tool, Herscher has used very simple tools such as a strong plunger, a stick, a jaunty trilby and a hook that keeps his head in position. In a video posted by him he explains, “I love napping. Here are some devices I made so I can nap more often.”
The video of the Power Nap Machine posted on his Facebook page has now been viewed almost five million times, at the time of writing.
The video also shows an intricate set-up, which not only allows him to take power nap in between work but also wakes him on time. Sure, if this machine can be incorporated at work, life would change drastically. (Imagine the popularity?!)
Building innovative machines in not new to Herscher, in fact, he made his first machine when he was just five-years-old, the Lolly machine, to store all his candies. A very new age Characticus Pots from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we think?
As for power naps… Well, the “siesta habit” is associated with a 37 per cent reduction in coronary deaths, possibly because of reduced cardiovascular stress associated with daytime sleep, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
So, you see, next time you want to take a quick power nap, try to get hold of this innovative machine and you’d be super sorted!