With increasing awareness about the health benefits of sleep, napping is becoming both more popular and more acceptable -- not just on college campuses. The opportunity to cater to this trend has caught the attention of entrepreneurs, and in recent years, there has been a slew of new products and services that facilitate napping. Here are some of the most interesting ways to catch a few reinvigorating minutes of rest when you can’t just jump into bed.

Located in mid-town Manhattan, Yelo offers its patrons the opportunity to take 20 to 40 minute naps in YeloCabs, which use a patented YeloNap sleep technology. The YeloCabs are private rooms that use light and color therapies, and also offer a "zero gravity" chair that elevates the legs above the heart to encourage maximum relaxation. Being well rested comes at a price however, and a 20-minute nap costs $12.

A software application for both Macs and PCs, Pzizz is a relaxation soundtrack system that offers a complete soundtrack -- with a beginning, middle, and end -- that caters to specific lifestyles and schedules by running for the exact amount of time desired. Usable at work, home or while commuting, the relaxation software uses a mathematical formula based on random selection, which draws from the three levels of data files (words, music and sound effects) that are mixed together each time the start button is pressed, resulting in billions of combinations of sounds -- so you'll never hear the same track twice.

Unveiled earlier this year at the 2007 International Furniture Fair in New York, the shiny egg shaped Transport offers a womb-like elliptical opening that aims to evoke a sense of comfort and relaxation. This handmade, custom-ordered piece, which retails for $13,000, is not specifically marketed as a napping device. It does, however, provide a nap-friendly, trance-inducing environment of color, music, and vibration that can be employed in bedrooms and spas. The napper lies on a fluffy cloud-like cushion, set atop a temperature-controlled waterbed.

Created by New York based MetroNaps, the EnergyPod aims to enhance workplace productivity by enabling employees to take mid-day naps. The futuristic-looking device is made of fiberglass and was designed in conjunction with a Formula 1 car builder. A contoured sleep surface, Bose noise-canceling headphones, a privacy visor and a built-in alarm all combine to provide the perfect environment to wind down. Nappers can either go the MetroNaps center in the Empire State building, where they pay $14 for a 20-minute session, or companies can purchase the device for $12,400.

The Power Nap CD is based on advanced research findings that accelerating natural sleep waves can allow people to get the benefits of a long sleep in a short time. The company claims that in 20 minutes it can guide the brain into a pattern of deep sleep that would otherwise require three hours. It recently launched the Power Nap NapMachine that encodes the patented Power Nap waveform onto a portable device that is small enough to fit into a pocket or purse, allowing the fatigued to catch a few winks on the go. The soporific CD on its own sells for $14.98 and the machine for $69.95.

Renowned for his work in hypnosis, Tom DeLuca first developed his power-napping technique to compensate for sleepless nights in grad school. DeLuca conducts power-napping seminars through which he teaches his audience to develop a technique to "put yourself to sleep by not trying to force yourself to sleep." He teaches them a mental technology to let go, allowing people to fall into a refreshing sleep for about 20 minutes, without having to fall into the REM cycle.

The Most Innovative Ways to Nap

With increasing awareness about the health benefits of sleep, napping is becoming both more popular and more acceptable — not just on college campuses. The opportunity to cater to this trend has caught the attention of entrepreneurs, and in recent years, there has been a slew of new products and services that facilitate napping. Here are some of the most interesting ways to catch a few reinvigorating minutes of rest when you can’t just jump into bed.

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