Your Boss Should Let You Nap at Work, and Here’s Why

If you're scanning Twitter for the #NationalNappingDay hashtag and scowling enviously at anyone whose employer offers a space-age nap pod or even just a dedicated room for the occasional snooze, take heart. While we can't promise you that your boss will care, the good news is that science is on your side when it comes to the benefits of napping.

Men Nap at Work, Zone Out During Meetings More Than Women

Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?

Nap Pods: Why Some Companies Are Letting Workers Sleep on the Job

Anyone familiar with a 9-to-5 schedule is also likely familiar with the 3 p.m. slump. That daily midday breaking point when your "I'm going to get so much done today" stream of early morning motivation has long since subsided into sugar crash-fueled melancholy and a blurry computer screen. When this moment in the workday comes, which it always inevitably does, all you want is to power off your computer, lay your head on your desk, and go to sleep without repercussions. Well, what if you could not only take said cat nap, but were actively encouraged by your boss to do so?

In One Job, at Least, a Legal Right to Nap

Over 1,000 garbage truck drivers in Los Angeles are $15,000 richer this week, after the City Council opted to settle a class action suit that claimed drivers were improperly prevented from napping during their half-hour lunch break. Their attorney argued that by not allowing the drivers to catch some Zzzs on the job, the city demanded they remain "on duty," even when resting. The total payout was $26 million dollars.

Why Your Boss Should Let You Sleep at Work

Admit it: your job would be greatly improved if you were allowed to spend at least a few minutes of your workday catching up on needed shuteye. And while there's plenty of evidence to suggest that taking short naps improves productivity (not to mention, job satisfaction) most bosses aren't going to go for it. So here's some more ammo for your argument.