Ever needed a good sleep at your desk? I bet so. Well apparently that could be the key that unlocks your productivity.
We all love a good night’s sleep. Some of us love an afternoon nap even more. There are only a few things more draining than leaving your warm, cosy bed to go to work knowing you won’t have that snug feeling till bedtime. Which is where Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, comes in.
According to the academic – “Companies should allow naps in the afternoon. They should get rid of the habit of clocking in and clocking out” If they want employees to be more creative and productive. Any creative person will tell you how brilliant an idea this is. Vincent goes on to say a nap between 30 – 90 minutes in the afternoon could very well help productivity.
“It’s best to give your brain downtime. I have a nap every afternoon… Let people come in when they want. If they want to work through the night, let them.”
He explained that the best ideas happen when you allow your brain to make new connections, “You can never have an idea when you try to think of one” It can be argued that this idea may only work for creatives and people in industries that thrive on creativity such as Google where sleep pods are provided for staff to have a nap during work.
But how efficient will this idea be in the every day regular office type job? Would it just be an excuse for laziness? Who knows. Research has shown that
“Sleep deprivation negatively impacts our mood, our ability to focus, and our ability to access higher-level cognitive functions” healthysleep.med.harvard.edu
Without getting too technical we all know tiredness at work, especially when doing a mundane task decreases your will to be productive. Imagine what a 90 minute sleep will do for you at that point! Yes maybe we all agree to Vincent’s suggestion for our own sleep-loving reasons but this is something that you can try for yourself in your own business or working life. Have your employees or even yourself get some shut eye during the day and see how that works for your productivity and creativity. Surely if its good for Google it must be good for your business.