When you were a kid, you probably railed against nap time like your life was at stake. But now that we're all grown up, you'd probably give anything to get nap time back because #adulting is #exhausting. But taking a nap at the office feels... wrong, right? It doesn't have to be. If you're wondering how to take a nap at your office for real, rest easy that it's very possible.
Let's face it: If your boss is peeved that you snuck a 20 minute cat nap in the conference room, there's research to show that a tired employee doesn't do them any good. The New York Times reported that there’s a growing field of occupational and psychological research that is showing being well-rested makes people more productive. “Companies are suffering from tremendous productivity problems because people are stressed out,” Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, told The New York Times. “They’re beginning to realize that this is their problem, and they can’t just say to people, ‘Here’s a work-life balance course, go teach yourself how to manage your inbox,’ It’s way more complicated than that.”
But is it really that complicated? Maybe it starts with giving employees a chance to take 50 winks during the day. If you want to start getting a little rest during the workday, BBC News advises that you ask your boss’ permission to take a nap first. Further, limit your nap to your lunch break or other pause in your day — don't skip a meeting just because you can't keep your eyes open. Bring an eye mask to ensure you can actually fall asleep. And to make sure your nap doesn’t turn into an all-out snoozefest, BBC News says to limit your nap to about 20 minutes, with 10 minutes to wake up. Remember, you still gotta finish out your workday. Here are eight legit ways to sneak a nap while you're at work.