Let’s face it, napping gets a bad rap and is often associated with laziness or slacking off. Yet come 2 o’clock across the country the post lunch blues roll around, eyelids become heavy and productivity levels drop.
In a landscape increasingly conscious of self-care and sleep hygiene, napping offers a low cost solution to this problem, offering both physical and mental health benefits. It’s a no brainer. So let’s flip the script and fix reputation of napping together.
The afternoon slump is a well documented phenomena. There are many articles online advertising the ‘top 10 ways to beat the afternoon slump’, but many of these ignore the obvious solution of taking a nap. The truth is we are biologically designed to take naps. Our sleep is regulated by circadian rhythms, our urge to sleep peaks when our melatonin levels rise. This occurs in the early hours of the morning and again between 1-3pm, not only does this create an urge to sleep, but it also reduces productivity. Consequently, The National Sleep Foundation recommend a 20-30 minute nap in the afternoon to restore alertness and improve performance.
The wonderful thing about 20-30 minute naps is they have no affect on your night time sleep and don’t leave you feeling groggy, like a longer nap would. It also doesn’t matter if you don’t actually fall asleep, they are still beneficial, so even those who think they “can’t nap” can reap the rewards.
Napping improves performance and alertness. NASA found that “a 26-minute nap improves performance in pilots by 34% and alertness by 54%.” Naps are critical on long haul flights with the pilot taking a 30 minute nap while the co-pilot takes over to ensure they maintain their highest performance levels for landing. There is no reason why they couldn’t be just as critical in the workplace.
At ProNappers we believe in the power of napping and its ability to revolutionise the workplace. We want you to join us on our journey as we explore the potential of napping, establishing how it can take your business to the next level.