Nap breaks are becoming a popular topic among HR departments lately. Even Willis Towers Watson is reporting on the importance of “sleep-friendly policies”. If we expect employees to be productive and present, we can’t also expect them to work 50-60 hour weeks without a break to recharge. With the stressors of working a full day combined with home and family obligations, something has to give- and the first thing we typically sacrifice is a good night’s sleep.
The type of nap we’re referring to is the Power Nap- a 10-30 minute refresher you can sneak in at the office that quiets your brain for a bit without falling into deep sleep or REM (which could leave you disoriented, groggy or grumpy upon waking). Instead of viewing power naps as helpful or harmful, we need to look at WHEN they help versus when they are problematic.
There’s no definitive answer to whether napping during the day is good or bad. This generally depends on the individual person, time of day, and cause of fatigue. The one sure way it could be bad is if a boss or colleague finds you sleeping at work without their knowledge of it, so make sure to run your plan by your manager first!