Before modernity utterly ruined our shut-eye habits, homo sapiens napped. Otherwise known as the biphasic (two-phased) sleep, the practice is far from cultural or geographical. Even sleep-hater Edison loved naps. Acclaimed power-nappers include Einstein, who birthed the theory of relativity in a nap. Winston Churchill advocated that non-negotiable napping was the key to success in his battle strategies.
This short recuperation that we are genetically and biologically hardwired to take has now woefully dwindled into a post-lunch coma that we ignore altogether. Instead, we attempt to defeat the lull by counterproductively consuming coffee or energy drinks.
And the repercussions aren’t minor. The afternoon siestas once routine to southern Europe are now progressively disappearing, along with the robust cardiovascular health of its citizens. The disowning of naps palpably led to a rise in mortality risk by well over 60 percent.
So it’s not a matter of should you nap, because the answer is clearly yes. The question is how should you nap? Since we have not mastered sleep switching between each half of the brain the way dolphins do, here are some ways you can get a quick snooze.
Morally, but expensively, spend half your lunch hour in a capsule hotel, zero gravity sleep pod at Virgin Active or the dedicated Executive Zen Zone at GV Gold Class Suntec City, if your office is located nearby.1
Make it a trend
Tell everyone about this amazing new restorative therapy2 you are currently undergoing that significantly boosts your health, only requiring 20 minutes of silent3 meditation every afternoon, eyes closed.
Get a fitting tablecloth for your desk. Install a desk4 hammock underneath. Occasionally knock stationery off desk.
Discuss medical leave privileges with your boss to work out a new term to use it, divided by minutes, on naps.5
Consider a career change
If all else fails, quit your job and work for Google or Garena Singapore where you will be guaranteed office nap pods.
1Lucky you 2Technically not a lie 3Might not work with sleep apnoea 4Desk should be of sizeable dimensions 5This should bring you to half-hour naps every workday if you manage not to fall sick the entire year