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“More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness”, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Sleeping is labeled as a sign of laziness. However, many reports found that napping is very important for human beings, not just for little children and elderly, also for adults. Many researchers suggested that a 20-30 minutes nap can improve one’s mood, alertness and performance. That’s probably why some progressive companies encourage their staff to take a nap after lunch time.
“We’ve got great research supporting the fact that naps can help corporations and employees, yet we still feel reluctant to make it an acceptable part of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy workday”, says Terry Cralle, a certified Clinical Sleep Educator.
To empower your day, here are some suggestions for office napping:
- Eat a quick lunch and take a nap during your lunch time to recharge.
- Find somewhere quiet and comfortable (spare room in office with couches would be ideal) or nap at your desk with cushions (be sure to bring an eye mask and put up a “don’t disturb” sign).
- Limit your nap to 20-30 minutes to avoid the grogginess of deeper sleep.
- Make sure you have a comfy pillow in the office. There are many types of napping pillows available, from U-shaped pillows that protect your neck to funny-looking padded hoodies (https://ostrichpillow.com/) that cover your eyes and ears.
- Turn off the light if possible, or wear your eye mask.
Napping as a company culture
A NASA study showed a nap of just 26 minutes can boost productivity by as much as 34 percent and increase alertness by 54 percent. As napping brings lots of benefits, not only for employees but also for the company, it should be encouraged in order to create a better working environment. The simple way is to set up a “nap room”, with comfortable couches and a soft carpet.