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Power Naps At Work Becoming More Popular

Power Naps At Work Becoming More Popular

Power naps at work increase productivity…

Earlier this year we looked at the benefits of power napping to catch up on lost sleep, increase alertness, and even reduce stress.

Unfortunately the place that many of us are most likely to need a power nap is at work, and sleeping at work could cost you your job.

But that may all be starting to change thanks to a number of proactive thinking bosses who’ve realized that letting employees take short sleep breaks when needed, actually increases productivity in the workplace.

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Power Naps At Work

With research from the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of California, and several other credible sources backing up this theory, more and more companies are now offering sleeping rooms for employees to use at their leisure.

Workman Publishing in New York is just one of many companies now letting its staff take naps at work. Eye masks are distributed to the staff who are allowed to sleep under their desk. Although the company might not have the luxury sleep rooms offered by others, Susan Bolotin, chief editor at Workman Publishing said the new privilege has produced ‘very positive effects.’

But some companies do go all out. At JAWA, a software developing company in Scottsdale, Ariz, staff can take breaks in a Zen room where they can sleep to the relaxing sounds of earth tones, or they can opt for a beach-themed room with energy pods- helmet-shaped chairs that elevate the legs higher than the heart.

Brian Owen, director of content development at JAWA and the person whose idea it was to introduce the sleeping room, says they work well and that most employees don’t abuse the privilege.

Other companies known to offer such renewal rooms include Google, Nike, Pizza Hut and British Airways.

While power napping is great for those who don’t get enough sleep, it is not recommended for those who get the right amount of sleep every night (Work out how much you really need by timing your sleep cycles).

However, Nancy Collop, president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, said, “Most people dont get enough sleep. And for those people, a nap will clearly help. [US News]

The most important factor, Collop noted, was the duration of the nap.

Typically, taking a 20 to 30 minute nap is best for a midday snooze; during this time you only enter the first sleep stages from which it is more likely you will wake up alert and ready to continue working.

Longer naps mean deeper sleep stages and waking up from these could leave you feeling groggy for hours.

However if you’ve been up all night, sleeping for at least 90 minutes is necessary to catch up.

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