Study Says Women Should Be Allowed To Nap At Work, And We Couldn't Agree More

by Brenda Santana
Liliya Rodnikova

You wake up at 6:30 a.m., get a workout in, get ready for work, grab a shake, and start on your tedious morning commute.

Your day is made up of long meetings and a half-hour lunch break. By the time you get home, all you want to do is shower and go to bed because you know you have to do it all again tomorrow.

After a few days, this schedule will catch up to you, resulting in a weakened attention span at work because you can only think of all the sleep you're not getting.

Complaining about being sleepy during the day isn't just group chat text convo, though -- it's a real thing, and it turns out women require more sleep than men do.

Are you yelling "I knew it," while reading this?

Well, here's some evidence to support your napping needs!

A recent piece by the New York Times talked about the benefits of catching some Zs during your tedious work day.

It's true: Employees and companies alike can benefit from a 20-minute nap during work. Employees will allegedly wake up more alert and ready to tackle any tasks they have to accomplish in the afternoon hours.

The trick is not to surpass 20-minutes because any more than that can result in sleep inertia — a period of grogginess you may experience after a prolonged nap.

Jerome Siegel, director of the UCLA Center for Sleep Research, tells the New York Times that it's also important to steer clear of caffeine during the hours after lunch and to make a habit of waking up at the same time every day.

This way, no matter if you get five or eight hours of sleep, you'll always wake up at the same time.

So how do you pull off taking a nap during the work day? Check out some suggestions below:

  • Head over to your car or an unoccupied room in your office.
  • Set your alarm for 20-minutes. (You don't want to deal with inertia.)
  • Get yourself relaxed by blocking out light, listening to an audiobook, or blocking out all noise using earplugs.

After this invigorating nap, you should be able to tackle just about anything, or at least speak coherent sentences by the watercooler.

Happy napping, ladies!