According to the findings of different studies carried out by several researchers, it would seem that taking a nap at work bears fruit; 20 to 30 minutes, no more, will be in fact enough to boost productivity.
Is it just a matter of a whim? Apparently not really, it most likely seems a matter of strategy, instead. Napping is, in fact, supposed to stimulate brain activity.
In 2006 a feature in the Business Week invited its readers to “climb their career ladder sleeping”. An American consultant has even patented the concept of “Power nap”, at the very beginning it could seem something like a joke till you do not realise the benefits of having a siesta.
Research carried out by the NASA reveals that after a rest of 25 minutes astronauts perform much better and are much more alert. The same findings have been attained by many other scientific studies, which have all supported the idea that napping helps to increase staff performance, which is actually one of the objectives modern organisations are, in particular, trying hard to achieve.
From the early Greek philosophers, through to creative geniuses such as Beethoven, Da Vinci, Dali and Einstein, napping has always been used as an effective technique to achieve better performance and results. Great leaders in times of War, such as Napoleon and Winston Churchill, were also known to have napped in order to help them dealing with their stress. It is actually a technique that has been employed by many US Presidents and UK Prime Ministers; including Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
A strong supporter of “having a nap at work” practice is also the former French President Jacques Chirac, who, in the preface to the book “The praise of siesta”, suggests that taking a nap at work makes remarkably easier life and work of people who have made a habit of it.