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Sleeping on the idea of nap rooms

March 24, 2013
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Herald-Star community editor (jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

I have to say the news woke me up, the recent stories about how more companies across the country are inclined to think that sleeping on the job isn't such a bad thing after all.

In fact, a little snooze does an employee good and so, too, the employer, which explains why some businesses are creating "nap rooms" or offering "nap pods" or "rejuvenation centers."

The idea is that a rested worker is a happy, productive worker.

Makes sense to me.

A little cat nap equals a lot of benefits, so the theory goes.

Meow.

Now I am not one to sleep on the job, and I don't think my employer has any immediate plans to offer us "nap rooms" although the women's "rest"room, ironically, does have a couch in it.

I guess we could take a load off and relax there a spell if the room temperature weren't about as balmy as a meat locker.

I come to the job pretty well rested, but I can assure you that I have to fight the urge for a mid-afternoon siesta some days worse than others, especially if I've had Chinese for lunch.

I eat that kind of sedating noontime fare, and I'm taking the next exit to Yawnsville for a rest stop.

That would definitely not be the time to ask me, "What's up?" because I'll be honest - it's probably not my eyelids, which are feeling pretty h-e-a-v-y.

I can see the value in a little shuteye in between stories and photos and such.

There have been many times when some of my co-workers and I have yearned for a return to those grade school days when a teacher would insist on rest time, instructing students to put their heads down on their desks and close their eyes.

Quiet time, boys and girls.

Get your mat and blanket. Lights out.

Nighty-night.

I wouldn't need to be told twice. Not even once.

But in my workplace I'm not so sure I want to snooze, snore, drool and have that startle reflex you have sometimes when you're dreaming that you're falling off a cliff or something.

I can appreciate a power nap, though.

I take them outside the workplace whenever I can because I am a gal who needs her rest.

If it's 10 o'clock, it is v-e-r-y late in Janice's world, way, way, way past pumpkin time.

I am up early and at it full speed properly caffeinated.

And that's why I have those sleepy moments throughout the day and like the "nap pod" idea.

I catch a snooze whenever I can, including in the car, which is Better Half's cue to round those bends extra hard to see if Mrs. Rip Van Winkle can be roused from rest time.

The "nap room" concept has opened my eyes to possibilities.

But I think I'll sleep on it.

(Kiaski, a resident of Steubenville, is a staff columnist and features writer for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and community editor for the Herald-Star. She can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)

 
 

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