04.06.2014
While the concept of napping at work is not accepted at all businesses, it is increasing in popularity. About 34 percent of adults surveyed in a study by Pew Research Center reported napped during the previous work day.
They would rather be seen as working diligently than passed out in the break room or office. A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 34 percent of individuals said their workplace permits napping on work breaks and 16 percent said that they have a place at work to sleep.
On the other end, employers allow (and may even encourage) sleeping on breaks and believe it will increase productivity. Many industries set specific company policies to not allow napping, and even write-up employees found napping on the job.
Paid naptime is not going to make sense to most employers, however it might be necessary for someone that works a night shift.
Naps are especially beneficial for workers that get less than eight hours of sleep a night.


Companies are more likely to allow napping if their workers are required to work long hours or late at night.
While there is no set law about napping at work, company policies often dictate what is acceptable. This goes for employers as well; viewing work as a place to stay diligent, and sleeping should only be done at home -- despite the often long work hours making it hard to get enough sleep. This could go back to the idea of sleeping should be done before or after work, not during, unless it can fit into the work day.
Laws on naps at work need to be set by each employer based on the need and benefits he sees fit.
Many industries and sectors prohibit employees from napping while at work, deeming it as unlawful.
Inability to Sleep Anywhere Some employees may like the idea of taking a cat nap at work, but are unable to sleep other than at home or simply take longer to fall asleep. Decreases Caffeine Intake According to the National Sleep Foundation, 32% of tired workers resort to drinking artificial stimulants to stay alert and focused.


Most working Americans get six hours or less of sleep a night, rather than the recommended seven to nine hours. According to a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, 20-minute nap three times a week actually reduces the risk of heart disease in healthy workers by 37 percent. Boosts the Economy Referring back to the fact that studies have shown that tired workers cost businesses around $150 billion a year in lost productivity, this drain includes a loss of health care costs and employee absences. Even if the work day is slightly shorter because of time taken out to nap, the improved productivity and focus pushes the employee ahead in their job.



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