On a work day, cat naps are hard to come by (unless you work at Google HQ in California, they have nap pods).
Considering day sleeps have traditionally been associated with laziness, napping and productivity have never really gone hand in hand.
But now the two can finally go together, all thanks to a journo from Trillist who wanted to catch some shut-eye at his desk.
The journo in question, Wil Fulton, went to seek help from Dr. Daniel Barone, a doctor from the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. And the results are in our favour.
Dr Barone claims that catching a few Zs at work may be the best afternoon pick-me-up there is. And he’s got heaps of scientific evidence to back his claim.
Research conducted by NASA found that a 40-minute nap improved alertness in astronauts noticeably. Also, an arguably less impressive study conducted in France showed that a quick nap is the best cure for your body if you’ve experienced a sleep-deprived night.
Dr. Barone explained: “a short nap can definitely help improve alertness and overall happiness in a worker.”
*Silently cheers at desk*
He suggests the best time to nap is after lunch. At this time of the day your body experiences a natural decline in energy levels. Napping for around 20-30 minutes will give you the energy boost you’re looking for. Hellooo daily siesta.
But this blessing also comes with a potential burden. He says that if your napping routine isn’t regulated, it could interfere with your nightly sleeping.
Three words: nap with care.