Falling asleep at work might be developing into office protocol-and not something to be terminated for. A growing number of business’ are acknowledging the wellness benefits of a short snooze, including increased attentiveness, enhanced brainpower, and not as much sick days. Sometimes naps aren’t needed for those who get the recommended eight hours of shut-eye nightly, they may be crucial for people who don’t get enough sleep.
A lot of companies are offering assigned rooms for taking naps and some are setting up tents or lofted beds. You can close your eyes for 10 or 15 minutes and wake up with a completely refreshed feeling. Many companies, including British Airways, Pizza Hut, Google and Nike, offer “renewal rooms” and reclining chairs.
Most employers who allow napping say they do so in the name of their staffers’ well-being, which research suggests is a smart idea. According to a study published in 2007 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who nap daily for 30-minutes are 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those who do not take naps.
Taking naps can also improve the immune system-theoretically leading to less sick days- and propel employees into their most alert, active, and imaginative states, say nap advocates. Also, if you are sleep deprived, you’re going to be in a bad mood. And if you need to interact in meetings, or if you are a marketing person and have to convince someone to purchase your product, that might create a problem.
Some companies are even outsourcing their napping. Time Warner, Hearst, and Yahoo!, for example, employ Manhattan-based YeloSpa, which offers power naps in secluded rooms complete with custom built aromatherapy, music or sounds from nature, and lighting. A 20-minute nap costs about $ 15, and a 40-minute nap costs $ 28. Many of these companies allow employees to use YeloSpa during their lunch breaks and have negotiated rates that are discounted.
Longer naps equate to sleeping deeper, making waking up a challenge and inviting grogginess that could linger for hours. Some professionals warn of sleep inertia, a hangover-like effect that makes shrugging off sleepy feelings practically impossible. People who have been up all night and might be sleep deprived need to nap for at least an hour and a half to catch up.
For now, workplace naps remain the exception, rather than the rule. If you want to bring the trend to your non-napping workplace, draft a proposal that lets your employer’s see the arrangement. Explain that napping minimizes absenteeism and research shows that employees tend to miss work because of fatigue. Get together with coworkers and suggest an experimental period.