Sunday, August 26, 2007

Nap at work...Good Idea or Bad Idea?

We've all been sleepy at work that we can barely keep our eyes open. You've been up late the night before working (really?) and are paying the price the next day.

Now what? What do you do the rest of the day? You can chug your 5th Mountain Dew for the day but if you've already had 4 I really don't think a 5th will really work.

So, what's really wrong with a quick nap to rejuvenate yourself?

I ran across this article in BusinessWeek titled, "Napping Your Way To The Top", where this very topic and point of view is explained pretty well.

Check out this quote from the article... Sleeping on the job used to be grounds for dismissal. But now, years after Cornell University psychologist James Maas coined the term "power nap," companies are beginning to embrace the practice. Today, Nike (NKE ) and Deloitte Consulting are among those that encourage employees to add a midday snooze to their to-do lists. Sleep scientist Sara Mednick applauds this trend. Mednick, a researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego and author of the new book Take a Nap! Change Your Life (Workman Publishing), says napping can enhance productivity.

So, did you expect to read that from the article? There were many great points made as to the benefits of a power nap during the day but I'm just skeptical to think that there are companies out there that would really implement this within their organization. There are some days that I'd be 100% on board with this but other days when I wouldn't even consider it.

I'd like to hear from some Nike or Deloitte Consulting employees so that they could tell us how this has really been encouraged and implemented among their workforce - if you happen to know one, forward this post to them and encourage them to comment.

I also found an article on CNN titled, "The cost of sleeping on the job".

Here is one I found on MSNBC titled, "Nap Quest". Here's a good quote...Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School have just released findings from a large study that shows how midday napping reduces one's chance of coronary mortality by more than a third. So go ahead and nap—a short daily snooze might ward off a heart attack later in life.

Lastly, check out the Napmosphere.

Here are also some books about napping...

So, as an HR Pro in the company you work for, what do you do with this new information about napping? Are there companies in your area that really make time for this? What are your thoughts about formal support and policies around this?

Let me know your thoughts...

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