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The Art of Power Napping

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"NBC 4 TV" reports today that East Coast-based MetroNaps has stepped up to offer fatigued workers and sleepy executives an alternative to taking mid-day naps in bathroom stalls and car backseats. For the low low price of $14 dollars per 20 minute nap, those who have partied the night away but need clarity for the daylight hours can drive to a local MetroNaps location (read: one in NYC, as of present) and take a seat in their white-noise, egg recliner and catch some Zzzzz's.

MetroNaps has their eyes on worldwide domination, hoping their stores will multiply across the country and set up shop in some of the biggest cities -- all which contain tired, pathetic, yawning citizens.

LAist doubts that yet another "Clockwork Orange"-type gadget designed to suck money from our already paltry salaries will solve corporate America's problem with drowsy employees. In fact, the only possible solution is one embraced by pre-schools since the dawn-of-time (er, or schooling)...free nap time. Companies that spend millions on gyms and snacks and company car allowances may want to pony up and build their own on-site sleeping quarters which would, in the end, keep companies like MetroNaps from stealing their staff away from the office for two hour lunch/naps -- which in the end will ruin productivity anyway.

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A few pillows, a few blankets, some encouragement from higher ups for a lunchtime nap. That's all people need. And in a town like Los Angeles, where 9-5 isn't a reailty by a longshot -- wouldn't it be nice to give something back to the employees? Even if it was as simple as a little shut-eye?

LAist thinks so.