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July 13, 2007 / lazybug

Post-lunch naps

Yaaaaawn. It’s that time of the day again! I just finished my lunch and am feeling sleepy! And this in spite of taking a post-lunch walk! Most of you would agree that the first few minutes after a lunch are the toughest in terms of not falling asleep at work.

I strongly feel that companies should allow employees to take a post-lunch nap (or power nap). It allows us to refresh and most definitely increases productivity (no pun intended :p). Sadly, this hardly seems to have interested the companies in India. I remember a Bangalore-based IT company that had made it mandatory for employees to take a 40 minute nap every afternoon, but that’s it!

The Internet is full of research reports like this one that say power naps do a lot of good to us. There’s also this website that advises you on power naps (darn! people are now making money out of putting others to sleep!). I also came across this article in Men’s Journal, that actually gives tips on a good power nap and also talks about 5 different types of power naps!! Here’s an extract:

  • The first consideration is psychological: Recognize that you’re not being lazy; napping will make you more productive and more alert after you wake up.
  • Try to nap in the morning or just after lunch; human circadian rhythms make late afternoons a more likely time to fall into deep (slow-wave) sleep, which will leave you groggy.
  • Avoid consuming large quantities of caffeine as well as foods that are heavy in fat and sugar, which meddle with a person’s ability to fall asleep.
  • Instead, in the hour or two before your nap time, eat foods high in calcium and protein, which promote sleep.
  • Find a clean, quiet place where passersby and phones won’t disturb you.
  • Try to darken your nap zone, or wear an eyeshade. Darkness stimulates melatonin, the sleep- inducing hormone.
  • Remember that body temperature drops when you fall asleep. Raise the room temperature or use a blanket.
  • Once you are relaxed and in position to fall asleep, set your alarm for the desired duration

I wonder how many of these tips one can put to use though. I mean, who’ll allow us to use a blanket at the workplace? Anyway, one thing is clear, these naps do help us, even though our bosses may say otherwise. Sleep away to glory, I say!!

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  1. Vinay / Jul 18 2007 12:23 pm

    Yeah i believe the govt organizations are already implementing this. Of course the break time is a bit too long.

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