Naps Part 2: Where Do You Stand?

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My most recent blogpost made waves, with people on both sides of the aisle weighing in on the question of whether naps are a sign of weakness in the workplace or a necessary tool for increasing productivity. The science says rejuvenating throughout the day with a few minutes of shut-eye is a good thing – while American business culture has historically reinforced the perception that high performers barely sleep; maybe at night but certainly not at work. So, in the name of research, I turned to my friends and colleagues for their insight. Here’s what they had to say:

When you are employed in a capacity where you quite literally have to be “on” all the time, coupled with long working hours, it’s essential to take short breaks for your brain. A 20- to 30-minute nap can make a big difference in one’s performance. – Christian Johansson, Former CEO, Laureate Partners

I am an unabashed napper. Weekends and occasionally during the week. Global travel, time zone changes, staggered hours – it all contributes to a unique workday. Part of work/life integration… Anonymous Fortune 500 C-level executive

We actually have a “Zen” room at PinnacleCare, where employees are welcome to take a nap at their discretion. I also think that the benefits of napping pay higher dividends as we age. As our metabolism slows down, the need for a good nap increases. I didn’t nap at all in my 20s or 30s, but wow what a difference in my 40s and 50s. – Todd Martin, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, PinnacleCare

While I honestly can’t say I’m afforded the opportunity during the weekday, I do believe there is nothing better than a midafternoon nap. – Rick Sorrells, CEO & President, Pinnacle Automotive Hospitality Services, Inc.

I choose to get a proper sleep at night – i.e. no iPhones, iPads and TV in bedroom. There is no need or place for this in the workplace. – John Belcher, Founder & CEO, JMCB Enterprise Solutions

We are often told that everything we needed to know, we were taught in kindergarten. Napping was certainly part of my curriculum at Montebello Elementary School. As leaders, we are at our best when we are present, fully engaged, and actively participating in every aspect and every interaction of our day. – Mark Rohde, Managing Director, JPB Partners

How practical is it in a manufacturing company that runs continuously to have “nap time” for the workforce? Not sure. That said, I think people do this today – on breaks and at lunch. – Brian Wheeler, VP of Human Resources, Sabert

I agree that naps can make one more efficient. Whether at home, the workplace, or a short “power nap” to break up a long drive, it makes a difference in how alert and focused you become. That short period of intervention can clear one’s mind and aid efficient and effective decision-making. – Sam Ross, CEO, Bon Secours Health System

Where do you stand on the subject of naps? I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, I may need to do some more “research” just to be sure. Goodnight…