Nodding off in a meeting or being found head-down on your desk is definitely not cool. But what if you could be more intentional about recharging on the job? What if your company welcomed a 30-minute nap whenever you needed one? A pile of recent studies have shown that a short daytime nap has a plethora of benefits, including its ability to relieve stress, help you persevere through frustrating tasks, and . In fact, the benefits of napping are so abundant that adopting the daily practice can improve your memoryput your career on a faster track. That's according to Christopher Lindholst, CEO of MetroNaps, a maker of pods and chairs specifically designed for workers who can benefit from a midday nap. Here are more ways he says sleeping on the job can be good for you and your company.
1. You will make better decisions.
Studies have shown that people who are well rested are less likely to make errors and bad decisions, including unethical ones.
2. You will be more self-confident.
Researchers have found a 20-minute nap improves people's confidence in their performance of tasks. This is huge considering confidence breeds success.
3. You will look better.
Getting adequate sleep--seven to nine hours for most adults--and taking naps to make up for any deficit makes you look younger and healthier. Like it or not, attractive people have an edge when it comes to rising in the ranks of an organization.
4. You'll be more creative.
Napping allows your brain to sort out and consolidate ideas, enhancing your creativity and problem-solving ability. If you've been struggling with something that's difficult or complex, "napping on it" might be the key to finding a solution.
5. You can better deal with jerks.
Napping helps you reduce stress by altering the way you react to it. If you're well-rested, you're less susceptible to the pressures of stress, and less likely to react in negative ways. In a team environment, people who are well rested are more capable of handling difficult personalities and frustrating situations.
Wherever or however you do it, just know that a shorter nap at work is better than a long one. Anything longer than 30 minutes will put you into deep sleep. If you have to wake up in the midst of it, you'll probably feel groggy. A 10- to 20-minute snooze is all you really need.