Sleeping on the Job

napOne in three Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So, how do you catch up on the zzz’s you might be missing? Well, some researchers believe a little nap at work might be just what the doctor ordered.

From the Washington Post:

For most American workers, finding a time and place to squeeze in a nap in the middle of the day is challenging at best. That’s especially true in a competitive work environment where nappers are stigmatized.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “The desperate need for brief R-and-R in the middle of the day has given rise to a workday sleep industry, in which office workers downtown or travelers at airports can buy some quiet time for “power naps.” Recharj, a meditation and napping salon that opened a year ago in Washington, D.C., has had more than 7,000 visitors. About half of them have availed themselves of a 25-minute power nap in cocoons complete with head pillows, eye shades, blankets and optional earplugs.”

NewsOK.com added

…,.nappers are frequently stigmatized as lazy or laggards.

Meanwhile, some of the nation’s most innovative companies — including Google, Ben & Jerry’s, Uber, PwC and HuffPost — have installed napping spaces for their workers.

The Guardian takes us inside Nike’s employee nap nook. “Nike’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon has rooms where employees can sleep or meditate. The company is among those offering flexible work times to employees to suit their chronotype – the internal clock that programs your ideal sleep time and dictates whether you are a morning person or a night owl. “Morning types are celebrated and deemed more worthy because they are in the office earlier,” says Walker. “Evening types are usually penalized because they come in late, but they could work late. Companies are starting to understand that it’s nobody’s fault – it’s genetic.”

If you believe napping at work is a big no-no, here’s something for you to ‘sleep on’ from Newsday.com:

However, those attitudes are beginning to change as some employers begin to see the value of having a well-rested and refreshed workforce. A September 2011 study in the Journal of Sleep concluded that employee insomnia was costing U.S. companies a startling $63 billion a year in lost productivity.

The idea of sleeping on the job is tough for many people to get their head around….even if it is only for 20 or 30 minutes. To nap, or not to nap….we’d love to hear your thoughts. Generating conversations around the health stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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