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Midday naps boost workers' productivity

Napping can benefit American workers if they can convince their managers to allow the practice on the job.  (Source: Pixabay) Napping can benefit American workers if they can convince their managers to allow the practice on the job. (Source: Pixabay)

(RNN) - Take a midday nap on the job to recharge for the rest of the workday, if you can convince your boss. 

Snoozes as brief as 15 to 20 minutes can result in improved productivity, experts say. That's long enough to increase alertness, but not so long as to cause the grogginess that may come from a 30-minute break. 

Sleeping for an hour can significantly boost memory, although that 60-minute break can also result in grogginess. There's also a place for 90-minute naps, a complete sleep cycle that helps people unable to sleep enough at night and improves creativity.  

Americans napping on the job, unlike many Europeans, may have to contend with perceptions of laziness. In Europe, many companies close up shop so everyone can take power naps. 

But perhaps American workers can sell their managers the idea of at least allowing occasional midday snoozes by citing studies showing the practice's benefits. 

Both learning ability and memory improved for adults who regularly took afternoon naps, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.  

Adults who napped in the afternoon improved their problem-solving skills, just as children did, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder concluded.  

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