Wall Street workers are developing new sleep patterns in order
to surpass expectations and work longer hours, according to a
report in Bloomberg Business Week.
Ronit Rogoszinski told the news agency that she is a "practitioner
of the power nap". After hectic work schedules and a busy family
life, she reserves part of the morning as a must-have rest period,
using her office as a sleep haven.
And she is not alone. There seems to be a culture of new sleep
patterns emerging on the intense working platform that is America's
Wall Street. Workers have even set up a forum on the subject,
revealing the best times and the best places to catch a power nap
during the day.
A new sleeping trend is 'sleep hacking', which is the practice of
moving to polyphasic sleep schedules. But there are also tips on
where to sleep, such as bathroom stalls or conference rooms, and
what to do if you get caught napping.
An recent forum conversation went into detail on the best practice
of toilet seat sleeping. One comment advised: "You clearly need the
seat down for maximum comfort, which necessitates pants up to
prevent your bare ass on the cold porcelain. Longest I ever slept
uninterrupted without tipping over was two hours, from
However, this culture could be causing severe mental and physical
health problems. A new report from the Centres for Disease Control
and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey lists finance as
the eighth-most-sleep-deprived occupation. Other professions in the
top ten include home health aides, lawyers, police officers, and
Dr Alexandra Michel of the University of Southern California's
Marshall School of Business expanded on these results, mapping the
effects of sleep deprived investment bankers over a nine-year
period. She discovered that there were many health implications to
such sleep patterns, including back pain and depression, as well as
physical tics, which can affect performance as soon as the fourth
year on the job.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes