Smart Benefits: Employers Are Okay With Sleeping On The Job
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Y Behind the Zzz
Americans today work longer and longer days, and many are sleep deprived. While many of us think that taking care of ourselves only requires good nutrition and increased physical activity, the right amount of sleep can have powerful health benefits as well, including:
- Reduced stress
- Improved attention
- Protection against serious illnesses like heart disease
How Much is Enough?
A workplace nap doesn’t have to be long or detract from an employee’s responsibilities. Experts agree the ideal amount of sleep during the day to feel refreshed and renewed is somewhere between 10-20 minutes. Any more than 30 minutes can cause grogginess.
Pods are Not the Stuff of Movies
While employers may accept the benefits of a short snooze, many don’t know how they’ll accommodate multiple daytime sleepers. The solution: pods.
Thanks to innovation in furniture design and technology, sleek, cocoon-like pods in chair, recliner or bed designs are a great solution for short-term sleeping at work because of a number of features:
- The sphere shapes are designed with privacy in mind
- Nappers are shielded from light
- Many pods include relaxing music
- Blue light technology slowly awakens the employees
The pods can fit into empty office space or be set up in a sleeping lounge atmosphere.
Laying Down Perks Up Workers
Employers who allow employees to nap say these power snoozers show increased alertness, better decision-making, and improved mood. With more employers focused on creating cultures of wellness within their organizations, sleeping on the job may be the wave of the future.
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