Sleeping on the job: Should you nap at work?
Always tired after that big meeting?
Fancy a snooze in your lunch break? A
Manchester city centre business has introduced 'nap-time' for
employees in a bid to boost productivity.
UK-based people management software
company BrightHR has created a new sleep room in its office to
allow staff to take part in a pioneering new study to test the
power of napping on the job.
with us and our resident sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, BrightHR
is one of the first UK companies to trial the benefits of 'sleeping
on the job' and having a power nap.
Opening up a nap room in its Manchester office, the
company is encouraging staff to come and take a short sleep during
The nap-room has been specially designed to have a
soporific effect on participants, with temperature, lighting and
ambience all created to induce sleep quickly.
A king size bed, with the latest mattress technology,
has also been installed to ensure that employees enjoy the most
The term power nap describes a short sleep, which
terminates before the occurrence of deep or slow-wave sleep (SWS),
with the intention of quickly revitalising the subject.
BrightHR hopes 40 winks will boost concentration,
energy levels and creativity among its hardworking
These are Silentnight sleep expert Dr Nerina
Ramlakhan's top tips for napping:
- Don't nap for more than 20
- Remove all technology from the
- Unlike sleeping, when napping the
room should have dimmed lighting but don't make it dark as you
don't want to fall in to a deep sleep
- Treat it as a rest, not a sleep.
This way you won't put pressure on yourself to drift off straight
- 3pm is the optimum nap time as we
have a natural drop in energy levels at this time of
For more expert sleep tips, visit Dr
Nerina's Sleep Toolkit: /sleep-matters/dr-nerinas-sleep-toolkit/#22663.