Five Naps To Boost Productivity After Daylight Savings Time Begins

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, Sargent College
March 29th, 2006

Contact: Pamela Powell, (617) 353-0197 | ppowell@bu.edu

(Boston) – On Monday, April 3, 2006 Americans will be more sleep-deprived than any other day of the year. While some might be temped to rush to the coffee shop for an extra jolt of java on the first day of daylight savings, there is a healthier and more cost-efficient solution to wake up: celebrate National Napping Day by taking a nap.

National Napping Day, established in 1999, helps Americans adjust to the time change while raising awareness of the benefits of napping. Bosses need not worry; napping is a no-cost way to improve worker productivity and has actually been proven to enhance mood and performance.

William Anthony, professor of rehabilitation counseling at Boston University (BU) Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and his wife, Camille Anthony, founded National Napping Day to promote the health benefits of napping.

According to Anthony, there are several different types of naps, each with a specific purpose, which can be performed at the workplace or at home to boost productivity and improve a person’s health. He suggests taking the following naps during one’s lunch break, or other approved work break, or anytime at home:

• Preventative Nap: Prevents sleep deprivation, headaches and other ill health that can trigger losses in productivity.
• Preparatory Nap: Prepares people for long hours of responsibilities and allows for productiveness over an extended period of time.
• Pleasurable Nap: Take a nap just because it feels good!
• Problem Solving Nap: Helps people get their minds around tough problems.
• Procrastination Nap: Take a nap before addressing an issue in hopes that the issue may take care of itself.

“National Napping Day offers a great opportunity to try these naps out,” says Anthony. “Our goal is to overcome the prejudicial attitudes that many people have about napping, and to encourage everyone to open their eyes to napping as a no cost, no sweat way to improved mood and performance.”

On previous National Napping Days, organizations and individuals across the country have celebrated with company-wide lunches followed by a post-lunch nap break and other organized napping activities. This year National Napping Day has its first corporate sponsor: Four Points by Sheraton Hotels. Four Points by Sheraton will offer a NapPORTUNITY Package for the month of April that offers sleep-deprived travelers a NapPORTUNITY to get a few extra winks in celebration of National Napping Day. For more information, please visit http://www.fourpoints.com.

Bill and Camille Anthony have written two books, The Art of Napping and The Art of Napping at Work, explaining their research on the health benefits of naps. In addition, the Anthonys are presidents of the Napping Company.

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