Tips for Comfortably Sleeping on Your Desk

Sleeping on a desk is never an ideal situation, but sometimes we don’t have much of a choice. Whether you’re working late at the office or studying for a big exam, staying up all night can leave you feeling exhausted and in need of some rest. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing some tips on how to sleep comfortably on a desk.

Choose the right location

When it comes to sleeping on a desk, location is everything. You want to find a spot that’s quiet and free from distractions. Ideally, you should choose somewhere where you won’t be disturbed by others who may still be working around you.

Find a private area

Look for an empty conference room or break out space where you can shut the door and have more privacy while sleeping.

Avoid high traffic areas

Avoid choosing spots near entrances or busy walkways since people will likely come and go throughout the night causing disturbances around your makeshift bed.

Get comfortable with your setup

Once you’ve found your perfect sleeping spot, it’s time to make yourself comfortable!

Avoid sharp edges

Try not to pick desks with sharp corners as they can become uncomfortable over time when used as pillows.

Use Pillows wisely

Grab additional pillows from nearby seats or even bring them if possible – use these extra cushions under your head/neck & behind lower back.

Don’t forget about temperature & Lighting settings

The temperature of the room plays an essential role in getting quality sleep; being too hot/cold could keep us awake instead of helping us doze off into restful slumber.

Adjust Lighting Settings

Some studies suggest that exposure to light can keep us awake, so it is important to adjust the lighting settings for a darkened room conducive for sleeping.

Manage time efficiently

When working late, knowing when you should sleep and wake up could help you feel more refreshed than just sleeping whenever possible. Utilizing short power naps of 20-30 mins every few hours instead of one long nap may also be advantageous.

Avoid caffeine before bed

As tempting as it might be to grab another cup of coffee or energy drink, consuming caffeine near bedtime may disrupt your sleep schedule leading you to feel more restless.


Sleeping on a desk isn’t always comfortable, but with these tips in mind, hopefully we can make the experience a little bit better. Remember; choose the right location, get comfortable with your setup, adjust temperature/lighting settings accordingly and manage time wisely – while avoiding stimulants such as caffeine before bed.

Happy Napping!