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How to Take an Office Nap and Not Get Fired

An office nap can improve your productivity as well as your health. Here’s how to take an office nap without getting fired.

More and more evidence is accumulating suggesting that taking an office nap can be healthy both for your heart and your mental health. A Greek study recently showed that men who nap regularly have a twelve percent lower risk of developing coronary artery disease. Not only is an office nap good for the heart, but it’s also a great way to recharge your brain so you can work at optimal capacity. Despite this, many workers are not allowed to nap on the job. Here’s how to take an office nap and not get fired:

Nap on your lunch hour.

If time isn’t allowed in your busy work day to nap, consider eating a quick lunch and napping for twenty or thirty minutes. If you have a private office, simply shut the door and lay your head on the desk for a brief period of time. If you’re afraid you’ll oversleep, bring along a small, battery operated alarm clock to wake you up in twenty minutes. It may help to place a “do not disturb” sign on your door to avoid interruptions during your office nap.

Nap in your car.

If you don’t have a private office and have no other place to nap, consider escaping to your car with your portable alarm clock for a twenty minute nap. Once in your car, set your seat back, stretch out, and close your eyes until your alarm clock signals that it’s time to go back to work. You’ll approach your work with renewed energy and focus.

Substitute other stress relief techniques for a nap.

If it’s impossible for you to squeeze in an office nap, substitute fifteen to twenty minutes of deep breathing and meditation to relieve stress and recharge your battery. Tune out the rest of the world and focus on relaxing every muscle in your body. You’ll feel revitalized and more productive at the completion of this “meditation nap”.

Nap on the way home from work.

If you take public transportation home or ride to work as part of a carpool, use that time to take a brief nap to recharge you for the evening. Better take along your portable alarm clock so you won’t miss your stop.

Introduce the concept of the office nap to your boss.

If an office nap is currently off limits at your workplace, gather together some literature that emphasizes how napping can make workers more productive. Present this to your boss and subtly suggest that the office initiate an office nap program. This has worked well in other office settings.

If you find yourself losing focus at work during the late morning or afternoon hours, consider taking a brief office nap and watch your productivity soar.

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