Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, said that nap rooms in offices will be an established trend in the coming years. The new book of the best-selling author, “The sleep revolution”, comes out today on iTunes and Amazon.
Ms. Huffington premise is to “eliminate the stigma” of napping at work. For instance, napping in the HuffPost newsroom is an energy boosting technique for employees, she said to NBC on Monday. In fact, science demonstrates that morning naps can enhance creativity, while afternoon naps can make people feel better physically.
Google, Zappos and Ben & Jerry’s have also joined the new napping trend and all of them have built nap rooms in their offices, said the Huffington Post on Tuesday. Ms. Huffington proposes in her new book what she calls “a sleep revolution”, saying that sleeping is fundamental for success.
“We need to dispel the myth that we can function perfectly on four or five hours,” Huffington said to Today.
NASA: The perfect nap should last no more than 26 minutes
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended air controllers in the United States to take 26-minutes naps, in order to receive an extra boost of energy when working on night shifts. According to NASA, that’s the perfect amount time to improve performance by 35 percent and alertness by 54 percent, said NTSB member and fatigue expert Mark Rosekind, to BBC News.
Is not easy to measure the napping time, because falling asleep can take some minutes. However, the maximum napping time should always be 26 minutes, otherwise, you will feel groggy when waking up, explains Rosekind. So, even a 15-minute nap can boost levels of energy.
How much sleep do we really need?
Research firm Gallup said in 2013 that 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep on average. The perfect amount of sleep differs according to several factors such as age, eating habits and general lifestyle.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults (24-64) should sleep between 7 and 9 hours for an optimum performance, and at least 6 hours to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Teenagers (14-17) require even more sleeping time, between 8 and 10 hours. On the other hand, young adults (18-25) should sleep between 8 and 10 hours.
“Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority. For many of us with sleep debt , we’ve forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like.” Said the National Sleep Foundation.
Should Donald Trump take more naps? Arianna Huffington says he resembles Kim Jong-un
On Tuesday, Ms. Huffington compared front-runner Donald Trump with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, saying that he is both “a buffon and dangerous”. Last year, the Huffington Post started publishing news about the Trump’s campaign in the entertainment section.
Later, the HuffPost started covering him as “a clear and present danger”, when he proposed to ban Muslims from the United States, she said to CNBC, adding that the rise of the GOP candidate Donald Trump was partly possible because of the media.
Source: Huffington Post