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Did you read my headline and think, “I don’t have time for a break!” What if I showed you that by taking even a small break you could be more effective at work, and happier? I bet you’re interested now 🙂

Let me be clear – by “break”, I mean a real pause in the hectic nature of the day. Not just getting a cup of coffee, or going out for a smoke but an actual mental break, a chance for your brain to recharge its batteries. The best way to do this is to take a nap.

You think I’m crazy, don’t you? A nap?! In the middle of a work day? Seriously, even a 10 minute snooze could improve your performance and your memory. If you don’t believe me, take a minute to check out the research compiled by Eric Barker on his wonderful blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

naps rule

Let me go one step further… what if a whole team of people took this information to heart and used it as part of their routine? You saw the evidence – even NASA encourages napping! Especially in environments where the work can be hectic and unscheduled, taking a break when you can is important. A nap can help you even if you’re not getting enough sleep at night, and in today’s world that is a common occurrence. Maybe a few comfy chairs in your break room would help improve customer service with well-rested employees!

Okay, so you might not want to encourage napping (I was really serious but I’m also realistic.) I do hope that you will consider the facts – employees who have a chance to recharge do more consistent work and a gentler more positive disposition. Engaging customers and being able to provide an exemplary experience requires being on your game, and every game has a time out somewhere.

Even if a break at your workplace is a quick coffee or a smoke, encouraging this if you are the boss and taking it if you are an employee is to everyone’s benefit. If you don’t believe me, look who else espouses the benefits, and he is certainly successful…

Sleep more at night. If it’s allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel.

Sweet dreams!