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Should Employers Allow Employees to Power Nap?

By Stephen R. Farris

If only our boss would see the benefits of getting in an afternoon nap. Unfortunately, they don't and it could lead to disciplinary actions or worse if caught napping on the job. But if only they could see.

Let's give them a taste of what they could be getting if employers let employees get in a quick power nap while at work.

Sure, we could take a shorter nap during our 15- to 30-minute breaks, or even during lunchtime. However, according to research, participants in a power nap study showed improved memory and alertness versus the "catnappers." Of course, the power nap was for approximately 90 minutes, but another benefit for individuals that have time to power nap is it may be good for your heart.

What else could employers benefit from by letting their employees take power naps? According to the research they could see their employees:

  • Less fatigued
  • Improved performance
  • Improved brainpower

These are great benefits, especially if working on a long, drawn-out project. Fewer mental errors and deeper thought into getting the work accomplished correctly and efficiently is a fantastic thing.

It would be great to incorporate power naps in the industrial and corporate world. There are some companies -- mainly in the tech industry -- that give their employees the opportunity for nap breaks. It's even more evident in professional sports, as coaches and staff see the benefits because it allows players to rest and recuperate their muscles.

If you're lucky enough to get the added rest during the workday, but find it difficult to get to sleep, there are several products available that could help, such as:

  • Weighted blankets
  • Eye mask
  • Blackout curtains
  • Ear plugs
  • White noise machine
  • Do not disturb signage

Good luck on that last one, especially if you plan on hanging it on your cubicle.

If you have questions about power napping, talk with your local chiropractor such as the ones that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint has more than 500 nationwide locations and no appointment is needed to see one of their licensed doctors of chiropractic medicine. He/she can offer advice and/or suggestions to help get you started. 

Also, if you're feeling pain in your back, neck and joints, they can help you get relief for those as well. 

Oh yeah! About that power nap idea, let's hope your employer will eventually "see the light."

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local Chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.

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