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British Airways launches ‘sleep pods’ in the Galleries First lounge

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‘Sleep pods’ will launch today in the British Airways Galleries First lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5.

Seven pods will take the space that was previously occupied by the business centre, which has been chronically underused for a number of years.

This picture of a pod was posted on LinkedIn by a BA employee:

Restworks sleep pods British Airways lounge

Business Traveller reports than an additional five pods will be installed in the Concorde Room – potentially in the space currently occupied by the Elemis Spa – with a further three pods appearing in the lounge at New York JFK.

Here is a picture from the pod manufacturer, Restworks, of one in use:

Restworks sleep pods British Airways lounge

Pre-booking will not be possible. Signage in the main lounge area will apparently indicate if a pod becomes free.

The pods will be overseen by a dedicated staff member who will offer hot towels and a wake-up drink after your session, which the manufacturers suggest will be 20-30 minutes.

I have never tried one of these pods so I can’t give you any sense of what it is like ‘inside’. A common complaint seems to be that you can only sleep in one position, with no space to turn, which can get frustrating. If you are in Galleries First today and decide to give it a try, please let us know.

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Comments (55)

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  • Catman99 says:

    Don’t wear a dress!!!!

  • Scott says:


  • BS says:

    You just look at them and think – they won’t be around in 3 years – long ‘enhanced’ away by then. Gimmick.

  • Andrew says:

    Interesting that hot towels are Covid safe in the lounge but not onboard.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    Good, that business centre was a waste of space, I always thought it was odd to have it next to the champagne bar too…

    • Andrew says:

      And the champagne bar has such harsh lighting it’s an odd atmosphere that no one ever really goes there (although I do quite like to get away from the buffet crowds there and be annoying by ordering a burger to be brought over)

  • Andrew says:

    TLFL have real world pictures of them on their Insta. Look quite smart.

  • chabuddy geezy says:

    I think they already had the sleep pods in Galleries Club last summer.

  • Chris Heyes says:

    Wake up after 20/30 minutes, what a waste
    I Wonder has anyone ever tried waking up refreshed after 20 minutes ?

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      There’s strong science behind it actually – especially beneficial for when you’re fatigued driving

      • Scott says:

        I’ve always felt 100x worse after a “nana nap”, but as with everything, someone will benefit from it.
        Having looked at pictures elsewhere, they look uncomfortable. Probably easier to lay out on the terrace to be honest.

      • Lady London says:

        Yup. sugared coffee first then 20min nap. By the time you wake up the coffee and sugar’s working.

      • Chris Heyes says:

        Chrisasaurus remind me never to travel along the motorway behind or in front of you, when you have your 20 minutes power sleep

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          Well the trick is to have the power nap at the services and I can tell you it really does work – as LL says, coffee, Mars bar and snooze. And these days a quick squirt of electrons into the car too

    • Tom says:

      20 minute naps are scientifically proven to work well because you avoid the deeper levels of sleep, and therefore avoid sleep inertia.
      Long haul pilots operating on a 2-pilot crew use this technique to rest in seat during the cruise.

    • Rhys says:

      I regularly take 24 minute naps. It’s ideal – works for me!

      Although I’m not sure I could sleep in a pod like that.

      • Chris Heyes says:

        Rhys, Rob told me the same lol, said Rhys takes 24 minute naps 6 minutes work
        24 minute nap 6 minute work lol lol

      • Lord Doncaster says:

        I thought only old blokes had naps

    • @thirdpassport says:

      Me! I used to have lunch time power naps when I was working on a full-time basis and studying (usually into the night) for my MSc half-time. I always set my alarm to 20 mins but I usually woke up before it went off.

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