Sleeping on the Job!?

Sleeping on the Job!?

by: Lee Boyland We’ve all found ourselves a little sleepy at work, right? A case of the 2:30’s? According to the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), an overwhelming 50 – 70 million people suffer from a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Sleep and wakefulness disorders can cause occupational errors (no matter your occupation!), car crashes and industrial accidents. It is also often times linked to poor health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety and increased mortality. Being sleepy while doing your job can be dangerous! So, what preventative measures are employers taking to ensure their employees’ safety and productivity? They’re instituting naps at work! Some companies are providing dedicated nap areas where employees are welcome to take a snooze if they start to feel overcome by sleepiness. You might imagine a room with recliners or conventional sleeper chairs when thinking about a napping setting at work. While doing some research on sleeping rooms for a current project, I came across, Metronaps and a product they offer called the EnergyPod. Additionally, according to an article on the benefits of naps at work, naps were a common occurrence until the Industrial Revolution, when society started expecting adults to sleep just at night, and naps were frowned upon. Interesting concept! What are your experiences with naps at work and their acceptability? Do you think it should be acceptable for workers to nap during while on the job?  

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