Friday, June 23, 2006

No Snooze is Bad News

Japan gives the nod to power naps
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
(Filed: 23/06/2006)

The power nap is catching on with legions of weary Japanese.
Good Sleep Salon Napia, which offers beds to rent in Tokyo's Nihombashi business district, opened in late 2004 and at first people would give their work colleagues the slip to go to it. But the owner, Akira Nishimura, said they were now arriving in groups.
"About 70 per cent of the people who come to us each day are men," he said. "They are tired and stressed out because they get to work early and go home late."
For 800 yen (£4) customers can have 40 minutes of shut-eye in a luxurious reclining chair. Most opt for a maximum of 30 minutes snoozing, which is designed to boost mental and physical energy. Any longer, Mr Nishimura says, and there is a risk of waking up tireder than before.
In a sign that the habit is catching on Toyota, the car manufacturer, will no longer wake people who fall sleep at their work station during the lunch hour. Paul Nolasco, a Toyota spokesman, said: "We turn the lights down low, which makes it more conducive to sleeping."
And some schools have also introduced a post-lunch snooze for students, who traditionally work very hard.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger Cat in Rabat ( كات في الرباط) said...

Really, power naps are just catnaps with windowdressing. The Japanese could at least acknowledge the source.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I think every employer should have a nap policy. I've been running on a lack of energy since high school, even back when I drank caffeinated beverages. Caffeine just made my naps twitchy, that's all.

And as for the shaved poodle with the big squared-off topiary-do: it's a definite maybe. :)

11:48 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Well, CinR, there is a certain occular similarity between feline and Nippon that leads me to believe they may share a common ancestral memory...

2:16 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

My employer supplies me with a large bank of manuals that I can retreat behind whenever I feel the need for a powernap, Sarkasmo - at least, I think that's what they're for.
And that's one cool cut - so long as Packet doesn't get to see the picture first!

2:19 PM  
Blogger gazza27 said...

Love them power naps,wouldent go down well in my line of work though!

8:32 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

I guess that's one of the few advantages of a desk job, Gazza.

At least until they invent an autopilot for cars!

11:53 PM  

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