Balancing act: Napping at work: an idea whose time has come?

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  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Feb. 20, 2013 11:49 p.m.

    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.

  • MissTeaching Layton, UT
    May 18, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    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.

  • attentive Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Mom of 2 Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 18, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    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.

  • justaguy Out There in, WI
    May 18, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    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.

  • onebigdaddy Dillon, CO
    May 18, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    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.

  • Farmintown Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 18, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    20-25 minutes every day. Not so much about being tired as it is a rejuvenatory if done properly.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2011 9:55 a.m.


  • Shawnm750 Lehi, UT
    May 18, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    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.

  • ? Fort Knox, KY
    May 18, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    May 18, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    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.

  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 18, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 18, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    This is a great idea if you work for a "mattress testing company." Otherwise, it could result in the need to look for work.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    May 18, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    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.

  • ? Fort Knox, KY
    May 18, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    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.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    May 18, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I do think some people need naps. Really why should people get embarrassed. I totally agree with Another Perspective's comment.

  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    May 18, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    May 18, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    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 boredom.