America, It's Time for Your Nap
A workday snooze can relieve sleep deprivation and boost your productivity.
Why Not Nap?
If you're plugging away at a deadline, sleep may indeed be your
only option. As your eyelids grow heavy, it's too late to fight it. Caffeine
can help mask it, but only temporarily.
"When you're sleep deprived, you do get sleepy,"
says Rosekind. "That signal is so powerful that, if you ignore it, your
body will shut down and you will sleep anyway."
Anthony has spoken with employers: "You let people have
bathroom breaks, smoking breaks, walk breaks. Why
can't they nap on their break instead of lunch or shop? What we're pushing is a
simple policy, really: You can do anything on break as long as it isn't immoral
or illegal, and that includes napping."
"Union regulations always demand rest breaks," says
James Maas, PhD, past chairman of psychology at Cornell University. He has
written the book Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your
Mind for Peak Performance.
The results of chronic sleep deprivation are evident, he
"We're arguing that in terms of lifestyle, efficiency, and
performance, taking a deep breath in the middle of the day -- a short nap -- is
a good idea. Power lunches are accepted, why not power naps? Every worker is
allowed a break in afternoon, why not make it something that restores mental
health and performance?"
We learned it in kindergarten: A nice afternoon nap is just
that -- nice. It makes us less cranky and helps us get back into the fray. It's
possibly the best way to combat chronic sleep deprivation in today's world.