“I can’t nap” is a claim given by many people, while at the same time there are others who share stories about their splendid Saturday beach doze or the cat nap they had on Sunday afternoon.
A small number of people, however, consider napping at work as a basic right. We do not embrace such a trend here in States instead there is a tendency to denounce the siesta culture.
It was different in Spain and in South American countries where I had a chance to live for a while. I consider that if we have adopted a two hour post lunch standard break, then a power nap of 15-20 minutes can also be adopted as a brain-boosting benefit.
In order to denounce the scientific claim that afternoon is the best time to increase productivity and boost your creativity I decided to test it out.
The articles that I read about the midday nap focused on its ultimate power over enhanced productivity. I was encouraged to do experimentation on it and play my role in tossing away the belief associated with napping as a lazy act.
To check if the lauded claim by doctors and scientist about the power nap was true, I notified my fellow colleagues in an email that they could take a nap whenever and wherever they felt like. We were quite lucky to have a separate room for resting purposes at office.
A lot of people initially showed their excitement for their efforts put in the afternoon work being upped by the power nap, and in the end participation was actually seen by many. The dedicated and hardworking people still thought the humiliation was extremely rambling and the idea of a nap during the middle of the day could result in disapproval by manager, changing their image as a lazy cat and finally that they couldn’t afford to spend time on it.
The reason mentioned at the last is the one which I deem to focus on the most. Many of us spend 15 minutes of mindless surfing on the web just to take a break from work, or we spend about 20 minutes to run out and grab a cup of tea. So is the idea of power nap any worse, or different than that?
It is evident that the shame attached to taking a nap is so resilient that even those having a good employee-manager relationship do not indulge in this behavior where their image is at stake. The science is very clear about the fact, more creativity is carried in by only the highly efficient one.
There were total of 16 participants for the experiment, and nap was taken by less than a third.
From the small number of people who decided to take a nap for this experiment, revealed that the power nap actually increased their level of productivity. There was not a single respondent who reported to feel worse after the nap compared to the feeling before it. Being able to sleep whenever they had the urge was a great experience for participant employees, however the magic was still missed by others who could never realize that our obsolete ideas about productivity are holding us back from being actually productive.
The option to recharge our energy with a 15-20 minutes power nap is still open for all. It is difficult to embrace changes that are not common in the culture, but if you want to be productive you can give it a try.
Honestly speaking, I don’t have the solution to change this archaic thinking about napping and associating it with the “bad and lazy image”. Why do we expect from our employees to be productive by consuming unhealthy doses of coffee.
Yes, there are obvious reasons for organizations and leaders to show reluctance in allowing napping during work but I really wish that it was different.
If there can be a considerable movement away from classic professional practices by introducing policies such as flex hours, then it is a good news that midday nap can also be introduced as a work culture.
You would know that the productivity buzz is real, if you ever had a power nap yourself. So why say no to something which can recharge your energy and help you achieve better results at work in less than 20 minutes?