Nap box “giraffenap” to sleep while standing announced on August 1st
KOYOJU Plywood Corporation (Headquarters: Asahikawa City, Hokkaido, Representative Director: Hironari Yamaguchi, hereinafter “KOYOJU Plywood”) will launch a nap box “giraffenap” that allows you to sleep while standing, aiming to improve performance in work style reform. Announced on Tuesday, March 1st.
The development started when a license agreement was concluded for the open patent “Human body storage structure and sleep housing” owned by Itoki Co., Ltd. at the “Intellectual Property Business Matching” sponsored by Hokuyo Bank, Ltd., and the product was released. We have been developing products for In conjunction with this announcement, we have also opened the giraffenap service site.
“giraffenap” is a nap box that allows you to take a rest while standing when you feel tired or sleepy.
In just 20 minutes, you will be refreshed and help improve your performance, such as recovering from fatigue, reducing stress, restoring memory and concentration, and improving creativity. As a new way to take a break, we will provide a space where you can take a nap while standing in the office, etc., contributing to the health promotion and performance improvement of employees.
Three features of giraffenap
Quick recovery, quick work. Effects of sleeping while standing
Through joint research with Hokkaido University and Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University, when sleeping while standing, it reaches sleep stage 2 (a sleep state that allows you to breathe lightly). It has been demonstrated to remain in sleep stage 2 for over 30 minutes. You can feel the effect of a nap and not sleep too much, so you can quickly return to work without feeling dizzy.
*Sleep stage 2 is a sleep state where you can breathe lightly.
You can expect effects such as brain refreshment, information processing, and cognitive ability recovery.
Four-point holding posture that does not require force anywhere
There are only 4 parts that support the body: head, buttocks, shins, and soles.
By fixing these 4 points, it is possible to maintain a relaxed standing and sleeping posture no matter how weak you are.
About half the space of a bed! Secure a nap environment in the office by saving space
The nap box is about the size of a small public phone box.
Compared to installing a bed, a nap environment can be introduced in half the space.
◯ Dimensions: Width 1,200mm x Depth 1,200mm x Height 2,577mm
◯ Dimensions: Width 1,200mm x Depth 1,200mm x Height 2,532mm
Japanese who sleep less
It is known that Japanese people sleep less than the rest of the world.
According to the 2021 edition of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey, the average sleep time for Japanese people is 7 hours and 22 minutes, which is the lowest among 30 member countries. That’s almost an hour difference from the overall average sleep time of 8 hours and 24 minutes. Furthermore, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s “2021 Health Survey Report” , the total number of people who sleep for 7 hours or less is 67.7%.
Lack of sleep causes many people to feel drowsy and sluggish during the day, and symptoms such as decreased concentration and attention, increased simple mistakes, and forgetfulness also appear.
Aiming to improve performance through naps
A study conducted by NASA reported that pilots who took a 26-minute nap experienced a 34% improvement in performance and alertness, and a 16% improvement in reaction time. Nap has been shown to have various effects such as recovery from fatigue, reduction of stress, improvement of concentration, improvement of memory and cognition, improvement of imagination and creativity, and maintenance of a high mood.
By supporting the health promotion of our employees, we will promote performance improvement as an organization by releasing fatigue and stress so that they can concentrate on their work with a refreshed and clear mind.
Achieved through “intellectual property business matching” that combines patents owned by large companies and the manufacturing capabilities of companies in Hokkaido
At the “Intellectual property business matching” sponsored by Hokuyo Bank, Ltd., we concluded a license agreement for the open patent “Structure for storing the human body and housing for sleeping” owned by Itoki Co., Ltd. For KOYOJU plywood, product development was underway in preparation for the release.
About future development
At giraffenap, which offers innovative spaces and experiences, we aim to create opportunities to touch products.
From August 22, 2023 (Tuesday), collaboration will be decided at “Nescafe Sleep Cafe in Harajuku”, and you can experience giraffenap at the sleep cafe.
The product is scheduled to be released from the end of December 2023 to January 2024.
giraffenap service site:
Company name: KOYOJU Plywood Corporation
Head office location: 372, 2-2-137-372 Higashi Takasu Higashi, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 071-8112
Representative: Hironari Yamaguchi, Representative Director
Business: Sales of various types of plywood, import of various building materials, manufacturing of store display fixtures, manufacturing of natural wood incombustible materials, manufacturing of natural wood decorative plywood, etc.