There’s a strange taboo about napping on the job.
The last thing you want is sleeping at work and getting caught by your boss. Why?
Sleeping boosts creativity, it helps you better handle your emotions and sharpens your attention. Getting a good night’s rest is a basic rule for high-achiever athletes and masters of productivity, so why can’t we sleep at work to better our development?
A nap can do wonders, we’ve all experienced it. So it’s kind of logical we do it in the place where we spend 9-10 hours every day.
Mark Rosekind, PhD, once head of NASA’s “Fatigue Countermeasures Program” and current board member for the National Sleep Foundation, says that if people need to sleep to improve productivity, we must let them.
NASA tests quick napping
Rosekind led a NASA simulation investigation to test fatigue on pilots, and the results of napping were clear.
During every test flight, the brain and eye activity of the pilots were monitored and registered, demonstrating the split-seconds of microsleep the body puts us in when one is dozing off.
The results showed that pilots who were allowed a 40 to 45-minute nap improved their performance by 34% and their alertness by 54%, experiencing far less microsleep than the pilots not allowed to nap.
Sara Mednick, a co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, said in The New York Times that daytime napping can boast many of the same benefits of overnight sleep if it is of a specific quality, as it helps with alertness and perception.
So, do not be afraid to nap. Do it for around 20 minutes in an area as dimly lit as possible, where no one can disturb you. In the end it’s something your body and productivity will appreciate.