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(Boston, Mass.) — The second annual National Workplace Napping Day is only a couple of days away! Boston University professor William Anthony and his wife, Camille, co-authors of The Art of Napping at Work (Lawson), have declared Monday, April 2, 2001 as National Workplace Napping Day, and they are on a mission to erase the stigma of napping that permeates our culture.
Businesses have an opportunity to recognize the advantages of workplace napping on this day. In a time when a good night’s sleep seems to be a luxury and not a necessity, napping is a no-cost, no-sweat way to health and productivity, and National Workplace Napping Day will make more people aware of the benefits of napping.
“It is time to plan ahead for the lost hour of sleep that occurs with daylight savings time,” says William Anthony, who also serves as director of Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Anthony encourages employers and employees to “promote a 20-minute workplace nap and experience the amazing effect it has on productivity, alertness, and well-being.”
Across the country, organizations such as Yarde Metals in Bristol, Conn. are seeing the light and deciding to turn the light off. Craig Yarde, CEO of Yarde Metals, plans to involve his employees in a lunchtime celebration. Complete with music, food, and a napping platform for lawn chairs, the employees can enjoy the festivities and compete for the best napping outfit.
“This is a time for workplace nappers to lie down and be counted,” says Anthony.
On National Workplace Napping Day, the Anthony’s will release new data from their World Wide Web-based survey on workplace napping. Over 1,000 people have responded to the survey, making it the largest survey of its kind. A couple of interesting findings from the survey are:
70% of the respondents who say they do not nap at the workplace are women
90% of the respondents who say they nap at the workplace are under age 55
70% of the respondents who say they nap at the workplace do it secretly
The Anthony’s will also be available this weekend and on Monday, April 2 for interviews and to talk about the importance of napping and their survey results.