This challenge comes from a small writing group. We have a large series of random questions that we answer and share. The goal is to answer at least one per week. My personal goal is to do this for one full year.
Do you believe “power naps” are beneficial? Do you think they should be incorporated into the workplace?
Is It Nap Time Yet?
Yes I do believe in “power naps” and I do take them. A power nap is considered a nap of 15 to 35 minutes. I don’t have the ability to automatically wake up so I set an alarm for these naps. If I don’t have a set agenda or an appointment I will just allow myself to wake up naturally.
Today it was a 15 minute nap because I had a rough night. My pandemic worried brain woke me at 3 AM for no particular reason. Over an hour later still awake I put on some soothing music to sleep another 4 hours. So after lunch is a 15 minute quick nap and I am refreshed again and ready to move on.
While working at one of my large telephone centers, we had a “quiet” room. This could be used after you had a tough call to reset and get back to the phones. One of my coworkers had a family member pass away and she needed to simply sit in that room for a bit before leaving for the day. Mainly it was used by agents to take a quick nap
We all have from time to time a day with too much activity and so that room came in handy. I once had a Paul McCartney concert on a school night that went way too late in the evening. Before everyone had cell phones, I grabbed a kitchen timer as I walked out the door that day. Lunch found me pulling into a quiet park in the area and setting the timer for 45 minutes, then right back to work. I think that was more of a rescue nap than a power nap. LOL
Some corporations are realizing that a short nap can really do wonders and allowing employees to check out for 1/2 hour or so. Sleep deprivation can be brutal and cause damage in lots of ways. Maybe with the work from home scenario we are in now, more people will learn how to sneak in that little nap and better handle the 9 hour day they are putting in at the computer.
Take a nap!!