WEARY? DO THE POWER NAPSeptember 15, 2015
Don't worry, I'm not trying to hypnotize you and make you quack like a duck or something. On the other hand, the odds are that I just reminded you that you are actually pretty sleepy right now. In fact, as I write this, it's the middle of the day and I'd like a bit of shut-eye myself. After I eat my lunch, I will probably be even more tired and will either be sneaking in a quick nap or just powering through the day with some deliciously heartburn inducing afternoon coffee. Of course, I'm not actually at work right now.
The fact of the matter is that few of us get enough sleep, and study after study shows that working a bit of nap time into the day can do wonders for our health, mood, and productivity and if you have that courage you can have this kind of information printed in papers and circulate it in your office. The good news is that there are a few extremely progressive companies who don't mind their employees donning sleep eye masks to indulge in some company sanctioned slumber. The bad news is that the key word there is "few." I'm frankly not even sure I would want to see my employees napping if I were a boss. It might actually be smart but it goes against almost everyone's instincts to pay people who are sleeping.
Even if you're doing it on your own time, it may still conflict with the go-go ethos of so many companies. A lot of bosses these days are followers of the character of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) from "Wall Street." The corrupt and nasty but oddly lovable Gekko famously opined that "lunch is for wimps." If nutrition was only for the weak, Gekko's hostility would go double for naps and triple if the nappers are wearing ear plugs and sleep masks while lounging on a comfy pillow!
All that having been said, I'm a big believer in the power nap, whenever you can work it into your day. Assuming, of course, it doesn't get you fired. Of course, when that happens getting enough sleep, at least, won't be such a problem.
Posted by verna luga
She earned her Masters in Applied Social Research at Ateneo de Davao University. She's a hard-core pluralist, an eternal optimist, a 40ish realist and a frustrated florist. She’s a mother, a teacher, a dreamer and who knows one day a potter.
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