nap nook

n.
An office or room where employees can nap during working hours.
Example Citation:
"That old adage 'if you snooze, you lose' no longer applies in the business world. Napping on the job is slowly becoming acceptable — when done in the proper place at the proper time.
Office workers don't have to prop themselves up in a cubicle anymore, pretending they are on the telephone when in fact they are catching some Z's. Assembly line workers can take their 15-minute break in the nap nook, if one is provided."
— Luann Laubscher, "Power Naps Could Help Improve Worker Productivity," Asheville Citizen-Times, August 23, 1999
Notes:
Is workplace napping becoming accepted in the hard-charging North American business world? I'll believe when I see it, but if the number of new words related to napping on the job are any indication, there's at least a pro-nap faction out there. Besides nap nook there's nap room, solitude nook, wellness room, and the very cozy-sounding spent tent (a phrase brought to my attention by subscriber Anthony English):
"In Kansas City, Mo., for example, the architecture and design firm of Gould Evans Goodman Associates set up a room equipped with 'spent tents' — purple and turquoise camping tents outfitted with eye shades, alarm clocks, pillows and blankets."
— Amy Reynolds Alexander, "When Sleeping At Work Is Good," Investor's Business Daily, June 28, 2000
Of course, those of us lucky enough to work at home have a built-in nap nook: the couch!
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