Have you ever found yourself wondering what it would be like just to lay back and catch some Z’s at the office desk?
If you’re one of the many, many people who often feels lethargic in the workplace, then the answer’s probably yes.
Unfortunately for most, taking an impromptu siesta isn’t really an option, unless you’re willing to risk a disciplinary – or unwitting internet infamy.
However, some Western companies outside of Spain, where the concept of the siesta originates and still persists in some places, are beginning to come round.
In certain companies, including major establishments such as Google and Huffington Post (which recently installed nap rooms in its offices), the daytime nap is an idea that’s catching on.
Any bosses curious about this new workplace trend might want to consider introducing reclining specialised napping chairs to the office.
The Lay Flat Office Chair, which costs $600 apiece (there are cheaper versions on Amazon), converts from a standing office chair to an ‘office bed’ where you sit.
Sleep expert Sara C Mednick, PhD, has argued in favour, saying that office workers “can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping.
“You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.”
All you need to do now is make the case to your boss: sleeping at work really does make for a better employee.