This post has been inspired by the article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38151180. I am not surprised by the highlighted results. Working lives are now so fast-paced and relentless, it is hard for brains to wind down enough to manage a decent night’s sleep. It’s all very well avoiding blue-lit devices two hours before bedtime but the damage has already been done during the day. You are doomed if your office has overhead strip lighting (natural lighting anyone?…Yes please!), if your work involves a lot of screen time or if you have an hour-long commute to get home. All of these activities require you to be on high alert for most of the day. Add to that the combination of TV, internet, and mobile phone use outside working hours, and it is clear to see the cause of many people’s sleep deprivation.
‘ The report called on employers to recognise and promote the importance of sleep, urging them to build nap rooms. It said they should also discourage staff from “extended use” of electronic devices after working hours.’ (BBC article)
My old university, the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, has introduced nap rooms for students who are stressed and overwhelmed with their studies. I strongly believe this would work well within a work environment. A 15-minute power nap would increase brain alertness, creativity and productivity. A burnt out member of staff is no good to any business, so help to make sure they don’t reach the point of having to be absent from work with ill health.