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If the New York Times Says Take Naps at Work, Then We Will Take Naps at Work

The paper of record gives the endorsement we've all been waiting for.

BY Nate Erickson | Jul 10, 2017 | Fitness & Health

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To my editor, don't read this.

Sleeping at work, hello!

It's true, fellow day labourers: according to Tim Herrera of The New York Times—yes, that New York Times—napping while on the clock is actually good.

Now while we were ready to accept that thesis at face value, Herrera actually makes a pretty solid case for the work nap. For one, the hours we spend attempting to look productive (stacks of paper all over the desk, exasperated "busy" sighs while we scroll through Instagram, furrowing our brow when the boss walks by) offer a lot less value to a company than a little R&R between the hours of 9 and 5.

In fact, not only does the occasional work nap prevent the drop in productivity that occurs over the course of a day; in some cases, it can actually reverse it. The article cites a study from Nature Neuroscience in which subjects were tested four times on perceptual performance over several hours. The subjects who napped between tests? Nailed it.

Doctors say, however, the only real cure to daytime drowsiness is still the seven or eight hours of sleep you tell your mom you're getting each night. But we both know that's never going to happen, is it?

So book a conference room, find your favourite toilet, or just go full Costanza beneath your desk, because The Gray Lady has spoken: sleeping at work is the new working at work.

From: Esquire US


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