New York Startup Aims to Solve Sleep Deprivation Crisis With Nap Capsule Beds and Network of Hosts (www.citynapin.com)
NEW YORK, Aug 31, 2016 – Sleep deprivation is a public health crisis – and CityNapin has developed a tech-driven solution that will help people find places to take a nap. The startup company is the manufacturer of a comfortable, quiet and patent-pending sleeping capsule. CityNapin's service will be network based, so that users can locate nearby sleeping capsule hosts through a mobile or web app. Interested parties who want to know when the service rolls out in their area, and perhaps sign up to be a host, can enter their zip code and email addresses today at http://citynapin.com.
"We've developed a geo-location mobile app and web service to connect users with local capsule bed hosts," says Karim Zouiyen, inventor and business manager at CityNapin. "Hosts purchase one or more capsules, then set their own hourly rates and schedules. Anyone, including hotels looking to diversify their offerings, can see a quick return on investment by becoming a host."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of Americans are regularly sleep deprived, which puts these individuals at high risk of health issues like obesity, heart disease, chronic stress and mood disorders. Research shows that workplace performance takes a hit when an employee doesn't get enough sleep. Therefore, companies would ultimately benefit by giving employees time for naps during the day.
Drowsy driving, on the other hand, puts lives at risk. In a TSA report, sleepiness was identified a major – yet difficult to track – cause of serious motor vehicle crashes. Generally, these crashes are single-vehicle incidents where drivers leave the roadway at high speed and make no effort to stop. Risk factors for drowsy driving include long, irregular work hours. The report cites research supporting the effectiveness of even a short nap in improving driver alertness.
Given that drowsy driving has potentially deadly consequences, one valuable application of CityNapin capsule beds would their installation at highway rest stops. The beds could be housed in a storage container for portability and cost effectiveness.
Zouiyen believes the possible use cases for capsule beds are limited only by people's imaginations; in addition to private and institutional hosts providing a service to local residents, tourists or employees, the beds could one day be deployed in the wake of disasters like the massive flooding that recently inundated parts of Louisiana.
"CityNapin networks could soon become an ordinary, familiar part of the urban infrastructure," adds Zouiyen. "Sleepy employees and drowsy drivers would be things of the past. Moreover, CityNapin might be the last nail in the coffin for the misguided attitude that sleep is a 'luxury.'"
CityNapin has taken on the challenge of resolving the worldwide epidemic of sleep deprivation. This new system offers someone a place to take a nap – anywhere, anytime – in a private and safe location.