Why you should let your employees nap at work

A little snooze in the afternoon can improve employees' productivity.

Geneviève Mallette | Desjardins Group

Napping has traditionally been seen as a sign of idleness, but more and more employers are becoming interested in the idea of workplace napping. In fact, a little snooze in the afternoon can improve employees' productivity.

Do you sometimes feel sleepy during the day? Do you see your employees stifling yawns in meetings? A short nap could be the answer. The concept is simple: doze off into a light sleep for 5 to 20 minutes after lunch. This brief break will allow employees to recuperate physically and rebuild cognitive capacities essential for concentration and memory.

To introduce napping at work, all you have to do is set up a dedicated space for relaxing, or provide furniture specially designed so employees can nap at their desks. Above all, it's essential to change the negative perceptions associated with napping.  It has to become an accepted behaviour that is encouraged by management. Several large organizations like the Huffington Post, British Airways, Nike and Danone have welcomed the practice of napping for a number of years now.

Sound like a good idea? Here's how to take an effective nap:

When:       Between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. so as not to disrupt your night's sleep

How long: 5 to 20 minutes

Where:      In a room dedicated to relaxation; at your desk or in the cafeteria.

Position:   Eated, head lowered, legs stretched out, arms crossed across the chest or resting your head on your arms on the desk. 

Close your eyes and slowly breathe in and out five to ten times. Relax all your muscles and allow yourself to fall asleep. When you wake up, breathe deeply; stretch your legs, arms, and neck; and then open your eyes.

One thing's for sure, you employees will thank you for giving them this little reprieve; and just in time for the back to school rush. Oh, and one last thing...if you'd like to delve deeper into this fascinating topic, why not have a peek at our web page where you'll find tons of interesting information.

Happy reading and just as importantly, happy napping!

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