Harvard Men’s Health Watch says a quickie power nap in the afternoon at work is very good for alertness, performance and mood.
Those wiley researchers don’t recommend a two-hour nap, of course. A simple 20 to 40 minute nap sometime between noon and 4 p.m. should suffice. And make sure to give yourself 10 to 15 minutes to wake up fully before you resume a demanding task, Harvard pros say.
And just to shore up your argument when your boss asks where the heck you are, Harvard says this:
Voluntary napping … is not a sign of sleep deprivation, illness, or aging. In fact, a “power nap” can be helpful as well as enjoyable. Many studies of shift workers and other volunteers have reported that a nap as brief as 20 minutes can improve alertness, psychomotor performance, and mood.
Now get up and go nap! Harvard said so!