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The Ostrich Pillow: The Future of Napping?

“Burying your head in the sand” is a phrase often used to denote cowardice or other avoidance tactic, but a couple of designers over at Studio Banana Things took the phrase to a new, unexpected level with the Ostrich Pillow. Actually, ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand at all, but even if they did, you might imagine how it feels to intentionally disengage from the world. The darkness, the quieted senses, the warmth and comfort of silence… that’s exactly what this pillow offers. Rather than burying your head somewhere, you simply place this oversized contour pillow over your head and, well, take a power nap. There’s an opening for your nose and mouth to breathe as well and if you think you’d rather lie your head down than nap sitting upright, there are two openings on the side for keeping your hands snug and warm.

The Ostrich Pillow in action

You might knock at the idea, that’s a pillow? Sure, it looks strange enough to wear, but consider what it has to offer: a NAP anytime you want it. It’s a well-known fact that many people, particularly in Western countries, simply don’t get enough sleep.  Research strongly suggests the health benefits of naps and taking regular siestas.  Many other countries have already recognized the need for taking nap breaks and is a common tradition in countries such as Spain and the Philippines.  It seems more companies and employers are recognizing this and the benefits (inside the workplace as well as out) of taking power naps. The directors at AOL and Google headquarters, for example, allow employees to take sleep breaks and even encourage it to promote qualitative increase in work output and focus (hint: might want to forward this article to your boss.)

The Ostrich Pillow: A quirky solution to an everyday problem? You bet. The next trend in the current health craze?  We hope so.  But will this funky attention-grabbing marvel tempt smiles or smirks? What do you think?

To get the project’s production a boost and take part in this napping innovation, donate to the Ostrich Pillow Kickstarter. Not only will you be helping advance the future of sleep but you will also receive your very own Ostrich Pillow to show off to the world!

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8 comments on “The Ostrich Pillow: The Future of Napping?

  1. Derrick Lee
    November 1, 2012

    I can’t even lie, that looks so comfortable! But why do they have to make it so goofy looking?! It’s great that you can keep your hands warm, and also sleep practically anywhere. Now I just have to find one that blends in with the table so nobody sees me this ridiculous headgear.


    • Super Sasha
      November 1, 2012

      My first thought was, What the heck? (Expletive deleted) Some people sleep with eye masks (*ahem*) and ear plugs (*ahem ahem*), so this has both the functions of those items. Still….. it’s weird. There, I said it.


  2. Al Eddy
    November 4, 2012

    Why would any one want to use this thing in public? It looks like a good way to get robbed.


    • Super Sasha
      November 5, 2012

      That was a concern that a lot of people raised. So far, I haven’t been able to find a satisfactory answer to this.


  3. marsha
    November 6, 2012

    What I wouldn’t give to have one of these back when I was in school


  4. carly (@czamanac)
    November 12, 2012

    What… is… that…! I had to stop and think about how that ostrich pillow would even work. I guess it’s a comfy spot to put your hands and keep your head warm. I don’t know if I’d sit around wearing it on my head like the person in the last picture though 🙂


  5. Rich
    November 13, 2012

    That thing certainly looks a little unusual, and I’m sure it will draw some stares at the airport, but it looks super comfortable. I’m an avid traveler and that looks like it could be perfect!


  6. Ryan
    November 27, 2012

    Looks comfortable but the design looks kind of ridiculous.


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