How to Squeeze in a Power Nap at Work

How to Achieve Work/Life Balance

By Matt Alderton

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Naps aren’t just for preschoolers. As numerous studies have shown, they’re a good idea for professionals, too. For instance, take the results of a now famous 1995 study by NASA, which showed that a nap of just 26 minutes can boost performance by as much as 34 percent.

Whether you’re an employer or employee, the case for a little afternoon shuteye is strong. To get it, consider the example of Nationwide Planning Associates Inc., a Paramus, N.J.-based investment firm.

“To help its 20 employees in the office fight through a wave of afternoon fatigue, Nationwide Planning Associates Inc. remodeled an unused closet with a recliner, a fountain and a bamboo rug,” reports Michael Diamond, a reporter for The Asbury Park Press. “Employees … sign up for 20-minute blocks of restorative time twice a week and emerge energized, as if hitting the restart button.”


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