The Nap Club – Surprising Health Benefits of Napping at Work
Sleep deprivation. It’s a term many of us are familiar with, as we battle the everyday grind of work, time for self, socialising, parenting, and well, basically life! Sleep-deprived adults are known to be less productive in both relationships and the workplace. The lack of sleep can have a devastating effect on our health. A study of Greek men over the course of six years found that those who had a nap three times during the week actually had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease. But how costly is sleep deprivation to our work performance? Studies have shown that sleep deprivation is actually costing the economy a huge SGD $89 billion a year in lost productivity.With many of us getting far less than the 7-9 hours of recommended sleep per night, it’s no wonder our workplaces and relationships are paying the price. With sleep deprivation causing such a massive impact on our lives, experts are are pointing out the key health benefits of napping at work.
So what are the benefits of napping at work? Scientific experiments have shown that a decent sleep can reduce errors in your workplace and boost your productivity. The experts have also seen a whopping 40% increase in creativity amongst those who got down and out with an afternoon siesta. With all of these perks, there is no wonder that dedicated nappers have improved emotional control and feel less frustrated. A short nap alone can boost your memory and alertness- something all employers strive to achieve with their employees.
But how long should you be napping for?
Professor Leon Lack from Flinders University has studied the benefits of power naps and its effects on your mentality. He suggests that 10-15min is enough to improve your feelings of alertness, reaction times and overall performance with longer napping times producing a feeling of drowsiness. He also found that naps were most effective if they were taken 6-8 hours after waking and 3-4 hours before your usual bedtime. If you are a light sleeper or struggle with insomnia, Leon suggests trying to siesta 7-8 hours before bedtime. To wake up from your power nap, try to use sensory stimulation such as noise, physical activity or even a shower. There are even apps such as Eight Sleep and Sleep Cycle which are designed to help you wake up slowly from a light slumber.
There are also several sleep devices on the market that are available to help you with your overall sleep cycles. They range from podcasts to devices to classes designed to settle your slumber issues. The New York Times reported that one podcast, “Sleep with Me” is downloaded 1.3 million times a month to those wishing to listen to bedtime stories to help you snooze. Headsets, pillows and light bulbs are just a few of the creative devices that have been invented to help the sleep situation.
Now that you know the benefits of napping at work, many of you may be wondering whether any employers offer the chance to nap. Many companies are beginning to incorporate nap rooms into their office in order to help their employees with their concentration and production levels. Companies such as SAP, PwC and Huffington Post are just a few businesses that have begun to implement nap rooms and nap pods for their staff. Huffington has even gone as far as to suggest that “nap rooms will be as common as conference rooms” within the next two years.
For smaller businesses looking to provide nap rooms for their employees, here’re a few examples:
With sufficient sleep comes an efficient workplace and in the future nap rooms and nap pods will hopefully be a part of our working culture. Are you a fan of workplace naps? Feel free to contact one of our Space Experts for more info on coworking spaces with nap rooms. Reach out to us at +65 8817 9170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.