I recently received a press release from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, Inc that really sparked my interest. The title of the piece was “Are Naps the Key to Productivity?” and it cited a 2007 study from NASA that found that a 26-minute nap may boost productivity by 34%. A survey the article cited was from the National Sleep Foundation which reported that 34% of respondents were employed by organizations that allowed naps, with 16% designating napping areas.
I’ve telecommuted since 2007, and I am proof that working from home can drastically increase productivity (I’d say by as much as 30%) and significantly improve work/life balance. That said, while I have never napped during a regular work day, I’d be lying if I said the thought of slipping into my warm bed hasn’t tempted me from time to time.
The article has me thinking, though. On those days when I’ve hit a wall and the words aren’t flowing, my research has me feeling fried, and my productivity has all but stalled, what if I just took a quick 30-minute nap? Even just closing my eyes and zoning out for a bit could very well give me the boost I need to break through the slump. It’s an experiment I just may test, of course, all in the name of research.
I’d love your take: With technology making work possible 24/7 and more and more organizations allowing telecommuting and flexible work hours, should more organizations encourage napping at work?
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