Let yourself sleep. If you have nowhere to be and nothing that has to get done, don’t feel bad about sleeping all day or that it would make you “lazy.” When you’re home all day anyway, sleeping is about one of the most productive things you CAN do. It’s rejuvenating, good for your physical and mental health, and believe it or not, you burn more calories sleeping than you would in front of the television. Don’t forget that your brain is still actively processing things you’ve seen or learned whilst you are asleep. Sleep smart, fellow Ravens.
Think of napping as a basic right, not a petty luxury….
Establish a few basic preconditions. Find a safe space, like an unoccupied office or a dedicated rest area, where you’re unlikely to be bothered. Block out light with an eye mask. Absolute quiet is not a requirement for sleep, but if you are in a particularly noisy place, like a factory, use earplugs. You don’t need to lie down. Napping can be achieved sitting upright, cheek on the desk. “Bring along a small pillow for your head,” Léger says. The ideal snooze time will depend on your sleep schedule, but most daytime workers experience peak drowsiness in the afternoon. Léger hopes that someday, a quick slumber will replace the post-lunch coffee. “Napping is much more powerful than caffeine,” he says, “and there are no negative side effects.”
Patients often tell Léger how they sneak into the bathroom or into their parked cars to nod off during the workday. Their fatigue embarrasses them. Do your part to destigmatize naps by talking openly about how pooped you feel. Tell your co-workers you intend to sleep for 20 minutes. “There is nothing shameful about a nap,” Léger says.