How much would you pay for a nap?

Yesterday Andrew and I went to the Bistro, a place we often frequent, to play in the pub quiz finals that we qualified for.  We did awesome, but apparently you have to be awesome and a genius to have won. Example of a question: What type of wax shares the same name in latin as wool’s oil? Yeahh…wait what?

But that’s not the point of this post. The POINT is that since I was at the bar last night, I am quite exhausted today. Not just tired, but that dead, sleep deprived, why is everyone typing so loudly type of tired. The JACKHAMMER in the CTA tunnel this morning certainly didn’t help. And no, it wasn’t ‘like’ a jack hammer going off in my head. It was an actual jack hammer. In the stairway, which everyone was stuck in for a few minutes because apparently people thought it was going to jump through the wall and eat them, so they all decided to stop and look while I was withering in pain and in desperate need of caffeine. blah!

So now I’m sitting here toying with the idea of taking a nap under my desk. This isn’t the first time this thought has entered my mind, and in fact I’m not the only one who has thought of this. My coworker in passing mentioned adding a sleeping bag to the plan, which hadn’t even crossed my mind. I was all set to lay my head on the empty box under my desk that I use as a foot stool, but a sleeping bag! Now that’s living.

I was practically in tears when I saw that it was ONLY 11, and being a mathematical genius, I realized I had 6 more painful hours to go. And that’s when it hit me- my genius business plan.  What if there was a place downtown where hungover people could go and pay to take a nap during lunch?

Before you mock, let me give you my pitch. It would not be a hotel, because who has hundreds of dollars to spend on their lunch break for a nap. What I’m talking about is a place with smaller rooms and just a bed. You get clean sheets and pillows.  You also get a light adjuster setting so you can go from pitch black cave to dim lighting, depending on your preference. There will be different types of mattresses so you can pick one to your liking, and pillows will be plentiful. Everything will be super clean, so don’t think gross hostel if that’s where your mind’s heading. Also, the room will be sound proof so you won’t hear the lady next to you snoring, and there will be a radio for your enjoyment. You go, sign in, and pay for an alloted time depending on how much time you have on your lunch break. Then when it’s time for you to wake up, a customer servicey type person makes sure that you wake up, and greets you with milk and cookies, or coffee, whichever you requested.


Seriously, would anyone pay for this service? Try to think of yourself hungover, that might help. Honestly let’s face it, there will probably never be a day where it will be socially acceptable to sleep under your desk, and most people in offices work out of cubicles, so they can’t just shut the door and nod off. I think it would be a great idea! There would be little overhead, you wouldn’t need a lot of staff, and there’s no existing competition! I still need a name, hmm. How about “Under the Desk”, or something cool so when your boss asks where you’re going for lunch you can say something like, “I’m going to the Nap Lounge,” or Dreamland! Hmm, the name needs work.

I seriously need a backer, and some money, I think this could seriously go somewhere. That or ony half my brain is working today and I just need a nap. But then…

(Patent Pending.)

4 thoughts on “How much would you pay for a nap?

  1. Manic Mommy November 2, 2009 / 12:09 pm

    I kinda feel bad because after my kids went to school I was doing some stuff and looked at the clock and I was like, “It’s ONLY 8:50!!! I’m going back to bed!” As you wrote this post at 11:00 I was JUST GETTING UP FROM A NAP!!!! I’m sorry!!

    Then I just read your comment about you giving up desserts and I’m DYING to know how it went your first week and if you got headaches and how you felt and if you got sick feeling from eating that one piece of cake!! DM me on Twitter or get my email from my blog page and tell me! Or leave me another comment !!! I need to know if I can handle it! let’s do this together!!!!!

  2. Manic Mommy November 2, 2009 / 12:09 pm

    A a Nap Lounge sounds GLORIOUS!!!! Didn’t they used to have Smoker’s Lounges? hmmmm.

  3. Alicia November 7, 2009 / 7:25 am

    it is a good idea in theory of course. and by the way you have no idea how many times ive been on the floor under my desk when reality and fear set in and i climb back into my chair…

    anywho, the problem, naturally would be that there wouldnt be one NEAR ME! id need you to open up chains of these lil joints to accomodate healthcare workers. thanks.

  4. cisforconnie November 9, 2009 / 10:31 am

    Alicia, you make a good point. Maybe I can establish a base downtown and once it gets popular branch out to other areas. Ohhh, plus doctors have lots of $ and could pay more! Good thinking.

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