Having a hard time keeping your eyes open while at work? Well, some companies actually condone you getting a bit of shut-eye while on the job.
Some of us have a lot going on in our lives and find it hard to get enough sleep. This affects every aspect of our lives, including the amount of work we yield. In fact, we here at AccelaWork are pretty big on getting enough rest, which will only help increase your productivity growth. Many business owners are aware of this issue and have decided to take the matter into their own hands. Columbia Tribune has reported eight reason why snoozing in your cubicle can actually help how productive you are. We picked our favorite reasons to expand on below.
Napping makes you more productive
Many studies have shown that naps not only help your moods and focus, but make you capable of completing more work. Being sleepy at work has given us a loss of $18 billion per year in lost productivity. So taking a quick nap in the middle of the day can not only help our jobs, but keep us safe. No one wants to be nodding off on their way home while driving a car!
You’ll be more creative
Deep sleep, known as REM, gives a boost to efficiency by about 40 percent. It was proven that Salvador Dali utilized napping before jumping into creating his amazing surrealist paintings.
“He would sit down with his arms extending beyond the chair’s arms. In one hand he would grasp a key between thumb and forefinger. After he fell asleep, his fingers would relax, the key would fall to the floor, the clatter would wake him up and he would harvest the wild associations common to the first few minutes of sleep.”
Winston Churchill napped throughout World War II.
It’s hard to name a more effective leader in the history of the world than Winston Churchill. Your challenges on your job might be important, but I doubt they’ll rise to the level of saving the United Kingdom from the clutches of Nazi Germany! So if it was good enough for Churchill, why wouldn’t it be good enough for you? Churchill even gave a nod to his naps in his memoir:
“Nature had not intended mankind to work from 8 in the morning until midnight without the refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts 20 minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.”
Napping is natural.
Go to the zoo. Take a look at your cat or your dog. Do they stay awake and alert all day long? Of course not. We even have the term, “cat naps” to describe what our feline friends do naturally. Those brief times of shut-down appear to be evolutionary “hard wires” in other mammals. Only we humans have instituted a system that overrides our natural urge to take a quick snooze in late afternoon.
Napping is cheaper and more effective than coffee
This may be the most important reason of all. On average, Americans spend about $1,092 on coffee per year. Most of us need that little kick of caffeine to get through the day. Studies have shown, after comparing caffeine with napping and placebo conditions on three memory areas: motor, verbal, and visual. Caffeine actually decreased verbal and motor skills while napping only helped all three. Not only that, but it seems that after regular use of caffeine, the benefits of it disappear. And we only end up feeding our addiction, just to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
The evidence strongly suggests that a little nap time during the day increases productivity as a whole. If your company won’t supply you time for a siesta, consider chiseling out some time during your lunch our to grab some z’s and re-energize.