Will Your Company Spare you for a Few ZZZ’s?
With all of the research that shows that taking a daytime nap can improve cognitive function, mood and heart health, some employers are just now realizing that allowing snooze-time in the workplace can benefit employees’ performance and productivity. Some companies that have become nap-friendly include Google, Zappos, Nike, and the Connecticut-based Yarde Metals. Across the country, “nap boutiques” are popping up — here in New York City for example, Yelo a day spa on 57th Street, offers clients “YeloCabs” to retreat into for 40 minutes for $24, and MetroNaps has EnergyPods on the 22nd floor of the Empire State Building for daytime siestas.
If your company is not averse to allowing you some daytime rest, here are a few tips for napping at work. First, it’s important to understand the different phases of sleep:
- Some research has shown that even napping for 10-minutes can be the most beneficial to reduce your sleepiness and improve your cognitive abilities.
- Within 20 minutes asleep, Stage 2 is reached, which increases motor skills and alertness.
- Within 40 minutes, Slow Wave Sleep occurs, which increases memory.
- Napping for up to 90 minutes gives you deep REM Sleep, which increases creativity, and won’t interfere with your nighttime sleep.
Set your alarm depending on your body’s needs, but realize if you do nap for more than 30 minutes you may feel groggy when you wake. Many people feel their energy is at the lowest between 1 and 3 pm, which is biological, so if you can nap then your body will realize the best affects. If you’re planning a nap, make sure you have an alarm clock, and find a quiet place where you can lay down such as a couch, reclining chair, yoga mat or even under your desk.
If your company does not have a nap-friendly atmosphere, understand that your management may just not understand the benefits. Try speaking with HR or your management team and explain that improvements in memory, alertness, productivity, motor function and creativity can benefit the company — not that you want to sleep on the job. Also mention the health benefits that have been realized in countries where siestas are common, especially the heart benefits. Perhaps they’ll realize that it’s an investment in the welfare of the company.
If you can’t nap at work, try to fit in some time for rest by not over-programming your schedule over the weekend. It’s important not to nap within a few hours of bedtime because that may make it difficult to with fall asleep for the night. A hammock outside during the summer is an ideal place to catch a few zzzz’s, or close the blinds in your bedroom, turn your air conditioner up and enjoy a peaceful nap in the middle of the afternoon. Your mind and your body will thank you for it.
If you’re not getting enough sleep due to your snoring or your bed partner’s, contact the snoring specialists at Eos Sleep today.
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