More and more American companies are adopting naps into their daily workday. Employees are encouraged to take a power nap throughout the day. But is it beneficial? A recent study out of the University of Pennsylvania suggests it is. They found short naps, which were under thirty minutes long, increased mental productivity and memory. That being said, experts were quick to point out that a short nap may not be the golden cure some believe it to be. If a person is stressed or overworked, a nap will only mask those deep-seated issues.
- Power napping is gaining acceptance as a way to recharge for best focus in our busy schedules
- There is scientific evidence for the benefits of naps throughout the day.
- Naps should be around 20 minutes. 10 to 30 minutes seems to be ideal. Longer is likely to cause more grogginess
“While breaking up the working day with a nap is far from mainstream in Western culture, it’s an idea that’s catching on, especially as we continue in our quests to both squeeze out every ounce of potential we can possibly offer, while also ticking those work-life balance and self-care boxes.”