Naps at Work
Planned napping and spontaneous dozing off are different in terms of background physiology and possible consequences. Unplanned dozing could lead to accidents and errors. However, a number of studies indicate that providing an opportunity to nap during the work period (planned napping) is a useful strategy to increase alertness.
- A brief (about 30-minute) nap can increase your alertness during the night shift.28-31
- You can gain the benefits of both caffeine and a short nap by consuming caffeine and then immediately taking a short nap.21
- Some guidelines for shift workers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia recommend a brief nap during the scheduled work break, allowing some post-nap time for sleep inertia to dissipate before work tasks are resumed.32