I have nodded off at work more than once and have been lucky so far. I now work in China where a nap at lunch is nearly mandatory. Blankets,
pillows, and cots are the norm in every cube. And I always thought the
stereotype for Mexico was harsh, but it is a fact of life here in China.
The ability to take a nap would certainly help people with diseases like Lupus
and Multiple Sclerosis. Sometimes, I would just go into the nurses room and lie
down for a few minutes to get my energy back up. It can help keep people in the
workforce instead of on disability.
If you feel the need to nap at work, then consider this: What if you are
depending on someone to help you and he decided that rather than really do his
job, he's tired, so he's napping. Maybe he's a flight controller. Yeah,
napping at work - what a great idea. It could also be considering stealing from
your employer if he's paying you for that time that you nap. Schedule your own time better. And quit with the excuses and the whining.
I've worked 13-hour days for weeks on end and never napped and did the job I was
paid to do.
Technically employees are supposed to have X amount of breaks in an average work
day. (I couldn't tell you how many because I take half an hour for lunch and
that's it, but the smokers sure don't mind going out there every two hours while
the rest of us stay in and work. But that's another rant.) If an employee
wants to take a nap during his government-mandated break period, who cares? If
smokers can smoke, nappers can nap. The latter is sure a healthier habit.Of course, it wouldn't work for me because it would take me 20 minutes
just to fall asleep, but for those lucky ones who can zonk out ASAP (like my
husband!!), it seems like a good thing.
Years ago the company I work for had a "quiet room" where you could go
nap or read or otherwise relax. It was a great place with subdued lighting and
quiet, comfortable decor where you could go when you needed a few minutes of
down time. Then a couple of employees were caught doing something there that
should have been done at home, behind closed doors. The quiet room is now just
another conference room; hard tables, uncomfortable chairs and glaring lights.
I worked for a Ford truck dealership in sales for many years. We did not work an
8 hour day, most of the time 10 12 - and there were days when you really got
tired & sleepy. This company had a basement meeting room that had a 7 ft
leather couch in it. I dont believe that there were ever any days that you
went into that room in the afternoon that there wasnt someone sleeping on that
couch. It was a salesman, a manager and even the owner. There was an
alarm-clock left in the room.This dealership was #1 in sales year after
year.Naps are great and productive.
20-25 minutes every day. Not so much about being tired as it is a rejuvenatory
if done properly.
I wouldn't be opposed to naps, though I think that for most people the afternoon
lag could easily be mitigated by going for a walk, or maybe taking a few trips
up and down the stairs (if that's an option.) Obviously if there are other
factors causing a person's drowsiness, such as lack of sleep, stress, etc. then
a nap may be a good solution.
Many people have to clock out for lunch. Taking a brief nap during that period
is not on company time and not wasting an employers money. Most employees are
allowed one or two ten minutes breaks. Some use that time as mentioned to go
smoke. What's wrong with others choosing to use that time to rest rather than
working through their breaks? If in the end a person is more productive
wouldn't that over all be better for the employer and the employee? Whether the
job is physically demanding or boring and mundane taking a nap can be helpful
for some people. Those that don't want or need to take naps during lunch and
breaks can do other things instead like go for a quick walk. Those who do stop
and take the time to rest shouldn't be embarrassed that they are doing so.
The need to nap after lunch is a pretty sure indicator of not eating the right
mix of protein, carbs and fats for lunch. The standard american diet goes
overboard with the carbs.
Timp,Do you realize many of us are "on the clock" 24x7? As I see
it, work/home are fairly meshed now. I see nothing wrong with engaging in
personal activities on occasion at work, as I do have to engage in work
activities at home. If a nap makes a person more productive, I say take it. In
the end, being someone in management, I care more about results than whether
someone is chained to their desk from 8-5.
This is a great idea if you work for a "mattress testing company."
Otherwise, it could result in the need to look for work.
you're on the clock - if you can't make it through an 8 hour shift without
having too nap than you shouldn't be working and wasting your employers money.
Naps are wonderful things, though I didn't like them much as a kid. I think a
brief nap should be allowed and included during the time you go to lunch. Naps
help to make it through the second half of the day.
I do think some people need naps. Really why should people get embarrassed. I
totally agree with Another Perspective's comment.
Why be embarrased by napping at work? People who take time to smoke at work
aren't embarrased. People who have non work related conversations at work aren't
embarrased.If napping isn't allowed, the quality and speed of the
work suffers because the person is tired.A 10 minute nap can
rejuvinate the body allowing the person to do a better job.
Unlike astronauts we aren't on duty 24 hrs a day so that job can't be compared
to the physical needs of a nap.Many countries however do believe in
the use and idea of naps during the day, but they usually work 12 days or
longer. A farmers hours are even longer, daylight to dusk but work is usually
many different tasks that break up the boredom.What the real problem
is that most american workers don't have a challenging job, they are mundane,
boring, and repetitive jobs. If napping or falling asleep is a reoccurring
problem then the workers should look at themselves first and why they are tired.
For an 8 hr job you shouldn't need a nap but you do need breaks and they are
defined in the federal labor laws as every 2 hrs of work with at least a half
hour lunch break.Then stresses at home worrying about work and
family they don't sleep well or long enough. Better than napping or power
drinks, I think physical exercise programs on the job is better at combating