Wouldn't sneaking in a quick afternoon siesta when creative juices run low be dreamy? Even though a few quick zzz's can't replace a full eight hours, sometimes it's all I need to recharge. But alas, working at a fast-paced job makes even a mini-snooze virtually impossible.
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|According to the National Sleep Foundation|
|Forty percent of adults report sleepiness interferes with regular activities.|
|Dozing while driving accounts for 100,000 automobile accidents every year.|
|People can benefit from as short as a 5-minute nap.|
|A typical workplace nap lasts for around 20 minutes.|
"It's the no cost, no sweat way to better health," says psychologist William Anthony, nap expert and co-author of The Art of Napping at Work. The book was co-written by his wife, Camille, a workplace napper and president of the Napping Company.
Anthony doesn't advocate sleeping on the job. He suggests snoozing on your break or at lunch, and lists improved mood and performance as the benefits of a nap. It all translates to increased productivity for the employer.
William and Camille Anthony feel so strongly about napping that they've devoted an entire Web site to it. They've declared the first Monday of daylight-saving time,usually in April, as National Workplace Nap Day.