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The sleep pod predicament

A recent trend in offices providing napping spaces has some critics and experts concerned that employers are missing the point. The Guardian recently published an article that takes a look at some of the issues.

Employers, like Google, The Huffington Post and Hootsuite, have invested in napping pods and rooms in an attempt to boost productivity.  After all, if research shows that a 20-minute nap can improve alertness for the rest of the day, it seems logical that employers could facilitate a nice nap to get the most productivity out of their workforce, right?

We know that napping is important for shift workers like nurses and airline employees, but in an office environment not intended to be a 24/7 workplace – are nap rooms and pods solving a problem or encouraging workers to put in longer shifts and interfering with their ability to get the quality evening sleep they need?

The first step in fostering a healthy work culture is making informed decisions.  As we suggested in this piece about the Boston Red Sox, if a workforce is so tired that they want a nap room, it is important to look at why this is the case, before investing in any solutions which may address only the symptom and not the cause.

Collecting and analyzing sleep data that clearly illustrates aggregate quantity and quality of sleep, and highlights flaws in workforce scheduling can help determine the optimal solution for enhancing employee productivity and health – including schedule modifications and yes, even a nap room or sleep pod.

How napping can increase your alertness and performance

Napping can be be an effective way to  increase your alertness and performance. So how long you should nap for? And which public figures famously napped?
Find out all about napping in the below infographic.

Key Infographic Takeaways

  • A nap of 60 minutes improves alertness for up to 10 hours – TWEET THIS
  • NBA, NHL and even NFL players are known to be nappers  – TWEET THIS
  • A “NASA Nap” of 26mins can enhance performance by 34% and overall alertness by 54% – TWEET THIS
  • Nike offers workers a nap-friendly room – TWEET THIS
  • Einstein napped frequently during the day to help him think more clearly – TWEET THIS

 

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