A giant dog bed for humans - sounds crazy, right? Well, hold that thought because it could just be the best thing you've ever invested in, offering you an unparalleled sleeping environment that may help to take the edge off those feelings of stress and anxiety that so many of us are dealing with on a daily basis.
Dreamed up by Noah Silverman, a former economics student at the University of British Columbia, the Plufl (opens in new tab) is the world's first dog bed for humans and was created after Silverman grew envious from watching the campus coffee shop dog snooze the day away in his very own custom-made bed while he slaved away in hours-long study sessions.
One day, while watching the pup get his daily dose of beauty sleep, Silverman suddenly had a flash of inspiration: what if those sorts of cozy and comfortable calming dog beds would work equally well for weary humans in need of a few seconds of shut eye?
Sharing the idea with his best friend, fellow economics student Yuki Kinoshita, the pair decided to start producing their very own dog bed for humans.
"It's uniting the nappers of the world," said Silverman, speaking to CBC's North by Northwest, a topic the pair know a lot about given that it was napping that enabled them to get through those long and grueling university years.
In fact, napping is something Silverman finds so interesting that his final thesis explored the link between regular naps and productivity.
With its oval-shaped design that cradles people in the natural fetal position that so many of us love curling up in, the Plufl comes with a soft and thick pillowy border and a fluffy-faux fur cover that will have you pushing up zzz's in no time.
The duo have so far been blown away by the response to the Plufl, with a fundraising campaign bringing in close to $400,000 in just 30 days.
"We realized we killed this," said Kinoshita, and it’s not hard to see why. "We are stressed, people are exhausted … and as a society we need to do a better job of taking care of ourselves."
Having graduated in May, Silveraman and Kinoshito are facing none of the challenges of their peers, who are busy trying to secure internships with. In fact, with thousands of orders having already come in over the past few months, the pair have had to hire interns to help them out and have even created a new website to make processing orders that much easier.
The Plufl's design has continued to evolve and now features high-grade orthopedic and memory foam for ergonomic support and all day relaxation. Silverman and Kinoshito hope that the Plufl will soon be a standard feature in workplaces, allowing employees to get some shut eye when they need it.
Whether you’re napping, reading, working or watching TV, the Plufl can help alleviate stress and anxiety, boost your mood and leave you feeling refreshed.
So, what are you waiting for? You can pre-order the concept over on Plufl's official website. (opens in new tab)
It’s time to let sleeping humans lie…in a dog bed made for people!
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Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.
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