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Dr. Michael J. Breus

Dr. Michael J. Breus

Posted: October 21, 2008 02:30 PM

The iSleep: a New Laptop Pillow for Nappers


Good luck getting this great sleep gadget approved by your boss. I'm surprised it took so long for someone to invent this "laptop pillow":  a small pillow that will inflate using air from your notebook vents when you close the screen and rest your head on it. And an alarm to wake you up with sound 10 minutes later. But as you can tell from the comments online, it already needs a re-model.

I had my own thoughts, like how will your laptop like the weight of your head resting on it? Won't it be warm or even hot if it's been in use for a while? Can you really get comfortable in this position (and people around you looking at your drooling mouth)? Can you plug in some music, too, to cut out the background noise?

I applaud the efforts of the iSleep's inventors, though. Creative. Innovative. And so needed. I can see students who live in the libraries at universities using this a lot, but I'm not so sure how it would fare in the workforce. There'd need to be a stronger movement that encouraged naps than what we see today. It's rare to find a company that will let you sleep on the job. Hence the continued need for car seats that recline back so employees can sneak in a nap during lunch or a break. (Warning: only do this if you're in a safe environment, and it's not scorching hot outside or you could end up on the nightly news.)

The iSleep is a start in the right direction. Maybe I'll get the iSleep 2.0 when it comes out.


This sleep article is cross-posted at Dr. Breus's blog, The Insomnia Blog.

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