Napping 101: The Benefits, Dos + Don’ts Of Mid-Day Snoozing

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Let’s Stop The Stigma

Tired African American programmer taking a nap in the office.

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In several other cultures, it’s quite common to see people taking afternoon naps. But in America – a society fueled by productivity, capitalism and that go-go-go mindset – taking a nap is still seen as “lazy.” And that’s damaging.

If we’re going to move more towards putting well-being before achievement, we have to remove the stigma around napping, because getting enough rest is critical to physical, emotional and mental well-being. Furthermore, practically speaking, taking a quick snooze during the day is the opposite of lazy, because it gives a person more energy to do more and better quality work after they wake up.

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