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You Snooze, You Gain

By Victoria Neal

All of us know the agony of the post-lunch lull: the heavy eyelids, the inability to form complete sentences, the longing for the warm bed so reluctantly abandoned that morning. If you can sympathize, the solution to your slump could be simple: napping during your workday.

"[The American work force] is nap-ready," says Bill Anthony, a professor at Boston University and co-founder of The Napping Co. Inc. (http://www.napping.com), a Reading, Massachusetts, napping products and services business. "Since the invention of the light bulb, we have become a sleep-deprived culture." According to a study done by the National Sleep Foundation in 1998, nearly one in three Americans sleep as little as six hours or less per night during the workweek (experts recommend at least 8 hours), and 37 percent of adults report being so sleepy it interferes with daily activities. No wonder sleepiness costs U.S. businesses more than $18 billion annually in lost productivity.

You say you don't have time to get your work done, let alone sleep? Anthony, who is compiling data for a book on workplace napping, contends all it takes is a 15- to 20-minute timeout.

Priscilla Jane Dwyer, 37-year-old owner of Carpe Diem Games LLC, a manufacturer of award-winning children's card games, naps at the office at least once a week. "After a nap, I have much more concentration," says the Reading, Massachusetts, entrepreneur.

Next time your neck is having trouble supporting your head, do yourself a favor and take a brief snooze. Both you and your business will see positive results.

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This article was originally published in the August 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get Your Cliques.

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