Data-Visualization: The Perfect Nap

link to Boston Globe imageThe Boston Globe has published a great info graphic on a topic many people working in offices are at least dreaming about most of the afternoons – why, when and how to best take a nap.

And contrary to common opinion taking a short nap during early afternoon hours is not a sign of laziness, weakness or senility, it will bring back the energy, sharpens your mind and gets you back into the mood to survive long working hours.

This has been known by many for quite some time and practiced particularly when you go higher up the organizational ladder (did you believe that the inconspicuously looking chaiselongue in the corner office is for any other purpose???)

Scientist like last week in Baltimore during the annual Sleep meeting are trying to get this topic out of the taboo corner and start a more open discussion about it. And various recently published studies confirm again that its good for you to take some time out (up to 45min) during the afternoon and once you’ve gone 5-7 hours into your day (depending on your inner biological clock).

More information:

The Boston Globe info graphic on naps
The web site of SLEEP 2008 (22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC) event last week in Baltimore.

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