The productivity driven 21st century calls on all to give the most and highest quality labor in the workforce. It is understood that, once at work, the sole focus of the day is resolving the tasks at hand. This is the case, despite what people might experience in their personal lives or how they are feeling during any particular day.
Unfortunately, as probably everyone is familiar with the lack of energy and the sleep-driven decrease in productivity around early afternoon, it is sometimes impossible for many to do their best work. Productivity suffers, and they are left with ‘dead time’ and a helpless feeling of sleepiness, along with the ever-present awareness that if they do in fact give in to the feeling, they might risk being penalized by their employer. These facts in themselves not only hurt the goal of the employer but also create a stressful environment for the employee leading to a situation in which both parties lose.
Sadly, the early afternoon “crash” is not just an uncomfortable feeling, it is also one which needs to be taken seriously as it can lead to quite unhealthy consequences. While research into the science of sleep is still ongoing, it would seem that taking an afternoon ‘power nap’, around 20-30 minutes or at most an hour, is very beneficial for the heart, decreasing the risk of heart attacks. And, of course, they are refreshing, helping people get back to a good level of efficiency and alertness. Naps benefit the overall health of individuals, especially in modern society, since many have to deal with sleep deprivation and sleep disorders. Apparently, even as far back as 2011 “insomnia [cost] the average American worker 11.3 days and $2,280 in ‘lost productivity’ each year. [and the nation’s] collective losses are fairly mind-blowing: $63.2 billion (252.7 days) annually. “A study for 2017 revealed that in the US “79% of people get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep”.
While the data does not look as bad for Europeans, they are most likely no exception to the early afternoon decrease in work performance. As such, firms such as PodTime have started making sleeping pods for the likes of Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle and so on. They provide these important products to companies, as employers are increasingly seeing the benefits of allowing their employees to zone out or power nap during the workday. Thus, they no longer have to deal with the drawn-out effects of early afternoon sleepiness or sleep deprivation issues. It gives workers have a chance to disconnect and recharge their batteries so that they may continue their work more effectively after. This is not to say that some do not have issues with being drowsier after a nap, but as society increasingly acknowledges the need to ‘work smart’ instead of simply working long hours, on the job productivity has only to gain from the realization. For the ‘smart worker,’ it will be obvious whether they need a power nap or a walk in the park to disconnect and recharge. This leads to happier, more industrious and motivated employees. And, for the ‘smart employer,’ this translates into good business, while also benefiting overall societal health.