The benefits of nap at work
Are you a planned napper, an emergency napper, or habitual napper? According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you are a planned napper, you most likely take a nap before you actually get sleep. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bed time or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier. If you are an emergency napper, you take a nap when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy and dangerous machinery. A habitual napper is someone who takes a nap at the same time each day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day. Regardless of the manner you practice, a good 20-30 minutes nap can help to improve mood, alertness and performance.
In today’s sleep-deprived society, more and more companies are exploring the benefits of taking a nap at work. Previously regarded seemingly as an ultimate taboo that sometimes calls for dismissal, napping has instead become acceptable, if not a requirement, for stressful work environments. In Japan, napping is usually accepted, and even sometimes they can sleep in front of their boss to show them that they are exhausted (in Japan, if you fall asleep in the subway or bus for example, it means that you have worked a lot and this is really positive).
While those who doze off at the majority of corporate offices may not have their manager’s blessing, napping is not all that taboo in the IT industry, where startups often need their developers to work long hours but also want to maintain a laid back, anti-corporate culture to attract top talent. And a number of tech giants have also begun to tout their nap-friendliness. According to Kodiak’s managing partner Ryan Hodson, “Some guys get to work at 8 [a.m.], still in the office until 5, go to rugby practice until 8, go home, and then they’ll work the Australian market in the middle part of the night and go to sleep. Those guys may find themselves needing a power nap around 2 in the afternoon.”
Some companies adopt to remote working. For example, they rent a hotel for a weeklong company-wide disaster recovery planning to make sure attendees get plenty of cooldowns in between exasperating meetings. This is made possible through online meeting room reservation systems.
Napping can actually be an alternative to energy drink or coffee. What’s the use of eyes wide open at 2PM when our brain just cannot do its functions very well? At the end of the day, our body is still our ultimate investment.
Some proven benefits about napping at work :
It restores alertness
When it restores alertness, it enhances performance. Some technical jobs require 100% attention to details all the time, so taking a 20-30 minute nap can be a huge benefit. Why, as the mind gets freshened up after a quick nap, the coordination between your brain and other parts of your body becomes better ? The ultimate result — an enhanced performance and reduced mistakes. A nap can even extend alertness a few hours later in the day (and that’s good for those who want to continue working in the evening to compensate the time they lost in the morning). That’s why sometimes getting sleep in the morning can make you less likely sleep early at night. So a good nap is just enough.
Napping is also prescribed to people with various illnesses
Not only does sleep help our cells regenerate and fend off harmful bacteria that cause sickness, it is of course the default routine of every animal on earth to start another day with a refreshed immune system. Some doctors prescribe napping to those who are affected by narcolepsy. Those who suffer from insomnia also get a great deal of help from napping in the morning because it pays for the wasted energy during the night, so it gets compensated during the day.
Napping has psychological benefits
Studies show that workers who take a nap everyday at work display a more cheerful personality. Napping is like a mini-vacation that rejuvenates the human mind. Waking up from this pleasant luxury will always bring a once tired worker a nice buttkick for the next tasks. As the internet world gets crazy over information that must be processed by the mere human mind in the office, a right amount of laugh will always be a prerequisite for offices that are always under stressful situations.
People get more work done
Most believe that an eight-hour work is not always completely devoted to work alone. Truly enough there are plenty of distractions in between — snack breaks, gossips, Facebook what not. If only these workers swap those distractions with a quick nap each day, then they’d probably fulfill two, three more tasks from the bucket.
On a serious note about the experience, napping can almost always feel like waking up in the morning. What’s better than waking up in the morning with your mind and soul ready to plow the day?