March 15th was National Napping Day and March was National Sleep Awareness Month.
A Pew Research Center survey found that 34% of Americans take daily naps.
Many peple find a midday snooze flips off their power switch and reboots their work engine for the rest of the day. Its certainly less harmful to your body than drinking several cups of coffee to keep you alert and productive through the afternoon slump.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30 minutes or less of catnapping can “restore alertness, enhance performance and reduce mistakes and accidents” in the workplace.
Some businesses have caught on, recognising the benefits of alertness, reduction in errors and increased productivity. In fact, more and more companies are encouraging employees to take power naps at work. Some such as Nike, Pizza Hut and Thrive Global Inc. even provides special rooms with specially designed chairs for snoozing.
So, if you see some of your employees taking a nap midday, congratulate them for their initiative.
Your productivity should benefit.