Do you nap at the office? What are your best tips for napping at the office (possibly without getting caught)? We took a poll on office naps a thousand years ago, but haven’t really discussed since then, and I thought it might be an interesting topic.
First, some factoids from the Internet — according to Inc., researchers concluded in 2010 that “napping can improve the brain’s ability to retain information, noting that a middle-of-the-day reprieve ‘not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before.'” More and more offices are adding nap rooms (or buying “sleep capsules,” which give you a bit more privacy). (On the flip side, as Salary.com notes, some companies still consider it grounds for firing – know your office!) For the DIY-nappers, there’s even a fully funded Kickstarter campaign for a pillow that gives you a “micro environment in which to take a comfortable power nap” (pictured — you can now buy the pillow for $99). Apparently, in Japan napping is so popular among top executives that there’s an entire culture around it. It’s important to note that napping is not necessarily “sleeping” — and even if you normally take 30+ minutes to fall asleep at night you can reap the benefits. According to Lifehacker, Pzizz is a new tool that can help you “learn” to power nap (and help with nighttime insomnia too).
So, ladies — do you nap at the office? Is there a nap room or other space available for napping, and do you actually use it? Have you picked up any tips or tricks (signs on the door, special messages for your secretary, etc) that makes napping at work easier? [Read more…]