If you’re your own boss then it’s likely you’re already doing this, however, if your boss is a tyrannical, work-obsessed fiend who is immune to reason and empathy—here are some arguments you can make to support your cause.
It really won’t decrease your productivity.
The New York Times reported on a story that was published in Nature Neuroscience where researchers tested the performance of the subjects four times a day. As you can assume, performance declined with each passing test. However, when the subjects were allowed to take a 30-minute nap in between tests, the performance decline halted. Even more inspiring is that when they were allowed an hour nap, their performance spiked. I highly recommend you read Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Mark Ehrman and Sara Mednick, and if you’re feeling passive aggressive, give it to your boss for Christmas. Why are we ashamed of needing a nap? In this book lies all the evidence you need to be able to kick that harmful stigma.
Sleep deprivation AND stress are linked to several diseases, depression, memory problems, and yes, even cancer. Kill two birds with one stone with a work nap!
In just 10 minutes, you can improve your immune health, cognitive function, and emotional control. Sleep is a basic need that keeps us healthy and functioning. In the same way you wouldn’t neglect eating all day due to your busy schedule, you shouldn’t neglect time for rest. Several big offices have nap pods—successful companies too, like Google and the Huffington Post. What makes these companies so successful, and perhaps what sets them apart from smaller less influential companies, is that they are forward thinkers. Therefore, allow your employees to nap at work -> become as successful as Google. Simple cause and effect.
One study estimates that low productivity costs U.S. companies $63 billion a year—increase your employees’ productivity by letting them rest so they can be at the top of their game.
They’re called power-naps for a reason! They charge our energy and memory, allowing us to work as productively as possible.
If your boss still won’t let you take nap after you make a concrete thoughtful argument, quit. Or don’t quit and just nap fearlessly–this is 2017, get with the program.