National Workplace Napping Day
March 31, 2005
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In case you were unaware, we are already halfway through National Sleep Awareness Week. Next Monday, April 4th, is the culmination of it all with National Workplace Napping Day. I am posting now in hopes that some companies (including mine) will be made aware and partake in celebrating this occasion. This date was chosen since it follows our return to daylight savings time the day before, which robs us all of a desperately needed hour of sleep.
I discovered all of this while reading this article in my Plain Dealer last Saturday (yes, some of us still actually read actual printed papers). It had some really interesting things, such as a 2002 Harvard University study which showed a midday nap can sharply improve performance on mental tasks. It even mentioned major U.S. corporations such as Nike & Sprint actually have policies that encourage napping! It even mentions one of my former employers, Progressive Insurance, which has numerous “quiet rooms” or “napnasiums” in their buildings. Unfortunately, they did not yet have those when I interned there five years ago. I myself am no stranger to the wonders of napping, though I have never done so (intentionally) at work. Hopefully I will see this practice become more widespread in the near future, because I enjoy my naps.