In China, naps at work are a statutory right, and in Japan, inemuri (“sleeping while present”) indicates that you’ve been working hard.

Additionally, daily siestas are embraced in Spanish society, and Wakefit, a sleep-based company in India, recently announced a paid nap break for its employees.

So, why are workplace snoozes less common in the UK?

With several employees now working from home either full time or on a hybrid basis, power naps have been embraced, but incorporating them into office culture is still a distance away.

Helpful or inappropriate?

Kike Oniwinde, Founder of Black Young Professionals Network, stated that she allows her workers to nap at work and even provides bedrooms in the office. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, she said: “I did sports before at Great Britain level and we had to sleep. We had to take a nap during the day to revitalise and recharge and then they get the best productivity out of you.”

In contrast, construction company owner Michaela Wayne appeared alongside Oniwinde, claiming that it is unacceptable to sleep on the job, and that discipline is needed to succeed.

According to a recent poll, half of millennials are in favour of having the chance to nap at work, highlighting a positive impact on their wellbeing. 

However, there appears to be a generational divide, as only one in ten older workers agree.

The effect on health

It is well known that lack of sleep can contribute to various health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.

Not only this, but fatigue can also increase mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

So, with burnout constantly on the rise, could workplace naps be the answer we are looking for, or are they simply unsuitable?

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