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Some Employers Are Offering Nap Rooms

Couch Sleeper

Have you ever had the urge to take a power nap at work?

Some employers are noticing that workers tend to get a little droopy-eyed around mid-afternoon, and rather than supply more coffee and energy drinks, the companies are hollowing out closets and other small spaces, adding a couch and some darkness, and calling it a nap room.  

Workers can then schedule 20-minute blocks of time to catch some zzz’s on the job, and then wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next big task.

If you can fall asleep within about 45 seconds and power nap for the remaining 19 minutes and 15 seconds, good for you.  Many of us who can’t fall asleep right away would lie there staring at the ceiling for the first 9 minutes, fall asleep somewhere around the 12-minute mark, and wake up feeling terrible because our good sleep was interrupted by a co-worker yelling that our time was up and it was time to get back to work.  Jerk.

Do you know of any East Texas companies that have nap rooms?  We don’t have an official nap room here at the radio station, but I will tell you, I have seen a couple of my co-workers nod off at their desk.  They shall remain nameless.

Worker fatigue has become an epidemic, and companies are trying to combat the problem with the addition of these nap rooms.  Good for those bosses for noticing that we get a little sleepy sometimes, and for caring enough to try to do something about it.

The USA Today article says to feel rested, the best advice is to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, nap no longer then 20 minutes during the day, and shut off all electronics one hour before you go to bed.  Also avoid spicy food, and caffeine and alcohol late in the day.

If all of that fails, beg the boss to move your cubicle into the nap room.

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