The Sweet Science of Dozing
The healthy benefits of midday napping.
The How-To of Napping
Anthony's personal rhythm now includes his afternoon nap. He falls asleep easily -- despite the loud rattle of the Boston's "T" trolley, which runs right past his office -- and wakes up automatically after 20 minutes.
Along with his wife, Camille, Anthony has written two lighthearted "Art of Napping" books, sells napping equipment on a web site, and makes the rounds of the morning talk shows.
His latest campaign is to promote workplace napping. On his web site he sells little signs to hang on your office doorknob that read "Working Nap in Progress."
"Most Americans are sleep deprived," he says. "They're having accidents, they're not being as productive as they could be, and they're being interpersonal dolts -- all because they are sleepy."
In his book, he offers tips on how to sleep at work, something most employers discourage. But Anthony profiles the Pittsburgh office of Delloite Consulting and a Connecticut metals distributor, which offer workers a nap room.
The bottom line, he says: "There is something to be said for getting horizontal."