Napping on the job has long been considered a fireable offense, and in many corporate cultures, employees wear long hours with too little sleep as a badge of honor, proof of their dedication. However, employers are coming to realize employees suffering from burnout are poor employees, and as the employee well-being revolution continues, companies are adopting–or rejuvenating–a long-held tradition: the power nap.
But First, a Quick Science Lesson We All Need
According to the CDC, a third of adults are not sleeping the recommended seven hours a night. This deprivation contributes to a plethora of problems. Employees without enough rest under their belts are more reactive, less creative, less logical, and less empathetic, and that’s before taking into account the increased anxiety, anger, and blood pressure problems sleep deprivation can cause.
Humans are built for the afternoon nap. It’s not a glitch in our systems. Studies have proven the afternoon drag between 1 and 3 p.m. is biological, not a food coma or our body’s shout for sugary snacks or caffeine.
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