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Sleeping at Work? Good for You!

June 24, 2014

Sleeping at Work? Good for You!

Sleeping at work and not getting fired? It sounds like something that is too good to be true! But science is suggesting that employees that have between 30 and 90 minutes of downtime during the day are in fact more productive and more likely to be creative.

Long working hours are not something new - more and more people are working for extended periods of time and many are even working through their breaks in order to get their work done. Already 20% of people work through their lunch hours. Even if you are one of those people who do take a lunch break, do you still still at your desk while you eat? Only 20% people are likely to go outside for their lunch, and this constant focus on work is having a negative effect on us. Not only are there serious health risks to working long hours without sleep or breaks, but the longer you work without a proper break the poorer your performance can be.

Scientist in China and the USA have determined that new neural connections are made while we are asleep and this means that getting more sleep is likely to increase performance better than increased training and less sleep. According to scientists this applies to students as well: It is better to get a good nights sleep than study to extremely late hours.

Some companies are beginning to realise the work related benefits of allowing their employees to get a quick 40 winks in at work and are offering relaxation rooms or nap rooms. Other companies are moving away from the traditional idea of office hours and are recognizing that some people work better at different times of the day than others. Some people work best early in the morning while others get their peak efficiency late in the afternoon. By allowing more flexible working hours and encouraging employees to take proper breaks and naps, these companies are starting to see a massive increase in their employees' motivation, moral and production.

What would you boss say if you went into work armed with a pillow for 'creative purposes'?

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