Japan is a wealthy country, but it has some problems. Many workers there have to work very long hours, often late into the night, without getting extra pay. They come home after a tiring day working on computers. To help with their lack of sleep and the problems it can cause, some offices in Japan have a place where workers can take short naps. This helps them work better and stay healthier.
Overworked And Sleep Deprived
Japan is known for its successful businesses, but this success comes at a price for its workers. Many people work extra hours without getting paid for it. This leads to a lot of people having to travel late at night. Even worse, it's causing health problems. People in Japan often use the term "inemuri" to describe people napping at work, and "Karoshi" is a common term in the news, referring to people who work themselves to death.
"Inemuri" is when someone is so tired that they fall asleep in a public place. We've all experienced it, like when you're on a bus or train and the gentle rocking makes you doze off. What's interesting is that in Japan, it's completely normal to see a person in a business suit sound asleep in a coffee shop or on a train, using their briefcase as a pillow.
"Karoshi," on the other hand, is a much more serious term. It's used in Japan to describe people who actually die because they're working too much. They become so exhausted that their body can't function anymore.
In today's Japan, the demands of work often lead to extremely long hours, leaving little time for a good night's sleep. This can have a negative impact on people's health. To cope with this, some individuals find moments to sneak in short naps during the day. They might retreat to their cars for a quick nap, while others resort to locking themselves in the restroom for a few moments of privacy and rest.
"In Japan, there are a lot of people who will lock themselves up in the bathroom for a while [to nap], which I don't think is healthy," the communications director of furniture maker Itoki, Saeko, shared in an interview. "It's better to sleep in a comfortable location."
A company in Japan believes they've found a great solution to help people. They've come up with something they call "nap boxes." These small boxes are designed for people to step into and take a nap. They don't have windows, so no light can disturb your sleep. Plus, the design of these nap boxes is made to support your head and body comfortably while you take a quick nap.
These designs not only fulfill the needs of Japan's office workers but also look stylish. They resemble a water cooler, so they blend in well with the office decor.
Required Amount Of Sleep
With so many people not getting enough sleep, health problems are becoming more common. On average, Japanese businesspeople only get about 7.3 hours of sleep per night. However, this means that many are getting even less. Health experts recommend that adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night for good health. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to stress, weaken the immune system, and increase the risk of conditions like diabetes and heart disease. It's important to find a balance between work and rest, but the demands of work often make people neglect their health.