by Sairica Rose
- One of Spain´s most famous exports, the lunchtime nap, or siesta, is undergoing a revival (ABC.es, 16 July 2011).
- Specialists from Valencia’s Hospital Quirón sleep unit say a siesta helps the human body withstand the day. While beneficial for adults, it is essential for seniors and children, with under-fives needing to nap for physical and neurological development.
- Experts also claim a short snooze can reduce cardiovascular risk factors, lower tension and improve concentration and alertness.
- A 2011 NASA study found the ideal siesta is exactly 26 minutes; data used by the US National Transportation Safety Board to endorse controlled naps for air traffic controllers. The NTSB said naps would improve performance by 34% and alertness by 54%.
- In July 2011, German public health experts urged companies to incorporate lunchtime naps to improve employees’ productivity and concentration (Que.es, 13 July 2011).
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
- Sometimes you gotta take time to make time. While many consumers feel there’s no room for napping, the health benefits of clocking out for a few minutes a day are proven across the lifestages.
- Companies that factor a short nap into the working day could save time, money and sick days.