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“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.
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!