Practice napping to rejuvenate your body and mind
Are you constantly stressed and tired? Do you find yourself consistently lacking energy and motivation? Well, there is a simple solution that anyone can practice: napping! Even in increments of 20 mins, a nap can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Many studies have even shown the dramatic effect napping has on depression and anxiety.
However, the most obvious effects of napping can be seen in the workplace. Even a short midday rest can double one’s on job awareness, increase judgement ability, etc. We often make the mistake of trying to pile too much onto our plates, hoping for an increase in productivity, when it is actually the opposite that we require: a brief break from the stress of everyday life.
In terms of its effect on physical health, napping has the amazing ability to regenerate skin cells, which has obvious effects on aging. Additionally, by changing the way your body metabolizes food, it can even help one control weight gain. This is due to a change in the way your body processes carbohydrates, a leading cause of diabetes.
Did you know…currently, nearly half of Americans say that insufficient sleep affects their daily activities, according to research from the National Sleep Foundation. The implications extend beyond health. Lack of sleep costs U.S. companies a staggering $63 billion in lost productivity, according to a September 2011 study from the Journal of Sleep.
Here are six companies that actually encourage their employees to nap for better productivity and health.
The ride sharing company’s San Francisco headquarters includes nap rooms. These were designed by interior design firm Studio O + A, under the supervision of principal Denise Cherry.
“For Uber, a company known for regulatory battles, we were tasked with creating a room built for maximum efficiency–a room so built for work that no one would need to leave,” says Cherry. “This included a living room space, a kitchenette, and, of course, small focus rooms that double as nap rooms.”
The perks at Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters are aplenty: nap pods, complimentary food and drinks (including a coffee bar with a full-time barista), and shower rooms, to name a few.
Tony Hsieh, famed implementer of the Holacracy (self-government) workplace regime, is also a proponent of napping at work.
Perks at the online shoe retailer’s Las Vegas headquarters include EnergyPod chairs, massage chairs, regular wellness fairs, and onsite health screenings.
Capital One Labs
A World’s Coolest Offices 2014 honoree, the software company Capital One Labs has a wildly bright interior, meant to nurture the creative spirit among its San Francisco team.
It also houses sleeping nooks, which are connected to the ground by way of ladders and “gabled blue” support beams.
Ben & Jerry’s
One of the earliest adopters of the workplace napping policy, the Burlington, Vermont-based ice cream company has had an office nap room for more than a decade.
“The room itself is really part of the larger corporate culture here and the company’s belief that a happy employee is a productive employee,” a spokesperson told theBBC.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is another surprising adopter of nap pods.
“A lot of companies are realizing that good performance needs a balance of healthy eating, resting, and focusing,” says Stefan Camenzind, CEO of Evolution Design. The Swiss design firm recently wrapped up PwC’s 50,000-square-foot offices in Basel. Evolution Design has also worked on projects for Google in Tel Aviv and Dublin.
The effects on mental health are also very apparent. By increasing the amount of seratonin in one’s brain, napping can majorly boost one’s mood. Furthermore, it can do wonders in controlling stress level. Scientific studies have shown that a short nap between 20 minutes produces naturally occurring chemicals that negate the negative effects of stress. So do yourself a favor and catch a cat-nap this week. You’ll be happy you did!