Having breakfast around 7am and a lunch break between 11 and 1pm, the stretch before dinner seems miles away. This is why many workers stash a bag of chips in their locker or have a candy bowl on their desk to make it through to the end of the work day. However, these habits can contribute to poor health outcomes, such as obesity and/or hypertension from high-sodium snacks.
After changing jobs and starting work two hours earlier, Evan was nodding off by early afternoon. It was then he discovered the power nap. Evan slipped into his car everyday after lunch and for 15 - 20 minutes he took a restorative nap. This left him alert, happy and energized for the rest of the afternoon.
Sleep science tells us that Evan’s power nap decreased his stress, increased his stamina, improved his concentration and sharpened his memory. All of these benefits mean more productivity for his employer.
What was the down side? Evan had to rest in his car. Yes, a vehicle is a comfortable place to take a quick nap. For some industries such as transportation and utilities, it may be preferable. For other businesses there are ways to support napping in the workplace. Start by learning more about your employees and their sleep habits.
National Employ Older Workers Week is celebrated annually during the last full week of September and is a reminder of our diverse, aging workforce!1 In an article posted by the United States Census Bureau in 2012, it was projected that the nation’s population aged 65 years and older will more than double between 2012 and 2060, jumping from 1 in 7 residents to about 1 in 5 residents.2 With a growing aging population, the workforce today is made of several generations ranging from the Millennials (born 1981-2000) to the Traditionalists (born 1922-1945).3