The Benefit of the Power Nap

young Japanese businesswoman sleeping on the desk

An action that previously would have been grounds for termination in many work places is now being considered for its health and performance benefits. Several companies are now acknowledging the benefits gained from a short nap during the workday, which include increased alertness, enhanced brainpower, and fewer sick days.

Although it is widely recommended that adults sleep for at least eight hours every night, research has shown that most individuals suffer from broken sleep and fail to get a good night’s rest. For these individuals, a short nap during office hours may help. A quick 15 to 20 minute power nap can provide the boost needed to effectively complete your workday.

Believers in this philosophy feel that a well-rested employee is a pleasant employee, noting that if you’re sleep deprived, you’re going to be moody and less productive. Several progressive companies are now seeking to reap the benefits of napping by offering perks such as designated nap or “renewal rooms” to their employees.  Some companies simply encourage or allow employees to nap at their desks.  The average time recommended for a healthy nap is 10 to 30 minutes.  The longer the nap is, the more likely the chances of waking up groggy.

In addition to enhancing performance, studies indicate people who nap can also receive advantages that improve their overall health such as lower blood pressure, a boost to the immune system, a decrease in the risk of developing heart disease and a reduction in stress levels.

Napping offers various benefits for your health. However, receiving adequate sleep at night is just as important.  If you are experiencing sleep deprivation, please contact your physician or sleep professional. To schedule an appointment at The Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Sleep Center, call 718-206-5916.

All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.