Friday, March 18, 2016

Should we have more naps throughout the day?



These days, nobody gets enough sleep due how busy our lives are. Students stay up late doing homework, and adults overwork. Because of all this sleep deprivation, we suffer from a lack of concentration, and overall sluggishness. Although catching a nap on the job is looked down on as slacking, naps would benefit both companies and employees. U.S. businesses actually lose around 18 billion dollars yearly in result of “lost productivity" caused by drowsiness. In addition, multiple scientific studies have supported the benefits of even a 30 minute nap in the afternoon—alertness, mood, and productivity are all improved. This topic relates to what we’ve been discussing in health class about mental health. We’ve learned that being well rested can drastically change our quality of life, and can help raise our grades. Companies like Google and Procter & Gamble have made power naps a thing, and has bought specially designed sleeping "pods" as seen in the picture. This could be a good start for improving our mental health. 


Is sleep deprivation an issue for you? How do you feel your sleep deprivation affects your daily life? Do you use power naps to increase productivity? Should companies have “nap rooms”? Should schools have nap time? 


27 comments:

  1. I definitely have issues with sleep deprivation, and naps throughout the day would help me focus in class a lot more. Schools should not have nap times, but schools should start later in the day. Studies have shown that optimum brain activity starts around 10 a.m. starting at noon would be even more optimal. This article suggests 45 minutes of break time for naps and time away from the computer screen. I agree but spending upwards of $10k on special nap chairs is not good spending. Naps are good but just starting things later in the day and ending things later in the night would be better. Companies provide breaktimes for a reason, employees can spend their breaktimes however they choose, be it a nap or meal.

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  2. I certainly suffer from sleep deprivation because Injave so much homework the ought the week that I must stay up late and running track is also another that affects my sleep. I think that we should be allowed naps at school because "the benefits of even a 30 minute nap in the afternoon—alertness, mood, and productivity are all improved." This evidence shows that how more sleep can benefit you and others around you. Sleep affects the way you have behave and how you act. More time for sleep will be beneficial to people that work in companies because being stuck in a room all day can get pretty boring. I think that power naps help because I have taken one when I was doing homework and I was very sleepy. When I woke up I felt better and more energetic.

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    1. I can totally relate with your perspective because homework on top of track also causes me to stay up late. During school, I always find myself really wanting a nap, and I could tell that even a 30 minute rest would be helpful. But also not everyone deals with sleepiness so I guess if there was some sort of optional nap time during school that would be cool.

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  3. I am fortunately that I do not have a sleep deprivation because I always fall asleep quickly at night. I think that the reason I have a good sleep quality is that I balance my homework time and my playtime. It is very important because some students like to do homework at the midnight and they do not have a good way to adjust their schedule. It has a powerful influence for them. From my perspectives, sleep deprivation always affect my daily life. If I have a good sleep, I will have a lot of positive energy in the next day. If I do not sleep well, I will feel tired and whiny in the next day. A good sleep quality just like the good weather that makes my mood better in my daily life. I do not use power naps to increase productivity because my school does not have nap time for me and I do not have the habit for nap time. If I really feel tired, I will consider about taking a nap in the afternoon.

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  4. sleep deprivation lol almost every student have it, it usually take me an hour and a half to just fall a sleep. Everyday came home from swimming and get home around 6:50pm, doing homework for the rest of the day and the worst thing is we are all tired from sport, and then teacher just give us hw after hw project after project expect us to finish and turn in on time and exceeding standard quality. ARE U SERIOUS!!
    Why can't the teacher just plan it out before the 1st and 2nd semester...plz. I know that school is important but still look at us the other way please. Anyway I just wanted to say that we don't get to NAP at all, for me 30 min nap is not enough, but if I sleep longer I would not able to get a lot of sleep. I don't think I want to sleep until 2:30am.

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  5. Sometimes, I have sleep deprivation issues.
    Sleep deprivation can sometimes affects me for when I feel attempted to fall asleep in class, at work, or IEP meetings.
    I never use power naps. I use them occasionally at home on Friday's.
    Companies should not have nap rooms because it is not necessary and schools should not have nap times because it takes away our focus and concentration.
    After reading the article, I feel that people should take a nap if there tired and get a lot of sleep.

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  6. I found it very interesting how many people take 30 minutes to an hour nap when the correct, most energizing nap is for 20 minutes. Not only this but the fact that people napping makes U.S businesses lose 18 billion dollars of productivity a year. I agree that sleep deprivation is a very big problem in the U.S today, Especially for teens and in order to fix this i suggest that school should start later. Specifically focusing on Hillsdale I think that 1st period should start at 8:25.

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  7. Sleep deprivation is a dangerous thing. I don't think sleep deprivation is an issue to me. It does affect the things I want to do and how I want to do them. Affects my energy and overall productivity. Oh yeah if everybody took a power nap ISIS would probably calm down, and a cure for world hunger would be found. Yes, I truly believe companies and schools should have nap time. Because when you get tired of work or school, just take a break and go take a nap. Boom 15 minutes later full of energy, what a great idea.

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  8. I totally agree that sleep deprivation is a major problem, and so many people are really sleep deprived. Being sleepy throughout the day, doesn't help anyone get nearly enough done and in work environments can actually cost the company money. As the article states, " "drowsiness" — on the job actually costs U.S. businesses $18 billion a year in lost productivity, according to a recent report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune." Personally, I am constantly sleep deprived and find myself having a very hard time staying awake throughout the school day as well as I find it very hard to focus when I don't get enough sleep. Sometimes when I know I have a lot of work to do, I try to take a 20 minute nap which helps me focus a little better as well as gives me a little more energy for a while.

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  9. I think that sleep deprivation is a big issue for teens nowadays. It is a problem for me. I didn't know why I started to get so tired thought the day until we learned in health class that teens should get around nine and a half hours of sleep a night. Sleep deprivation effects my daily life because I fell tired all day get into bad moods and even get headaches sometimes too. I did take power naps when I was a young buck but lately haven't had time to just sit back and take a nap. yes I think schools should have nap time because it will give us time to rest catch up on sleep and also regain our energy

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  10. Sleep deprivation is an issue for me as I think it is for all teens. I usually get six hours of sleep nightly because of homework and other commitments. It has a very large impact on my daily life I find myself having trouble focusing in class especially in the morning and middle of the day.

    While I do believe that sleep deprivation is a huge problem not just for teens, I think a "nap room" is not going to be a good idea. I think instead later start times for both school and work would be a much more effective plan to combat sleep deprivation.

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  11. I definitely believe that sleeping more than 20 or 30 minutes can help you can help you refresh your mind. Sleep deprivation is a big issue towards teenagers now. I tend sleep to less than 7 hours everyday and the results are horrible, I arrive to class very groggy, I get really sleepy in between my morning classes, and lastly I get hungry bc i don't have time to eat breakfast. Although taking naps for 30 minutes can help you relax and refresh the brain, but over napping for about 1-3 hours can make you more exhausted as we learned in health class. shout out to Mrs. Trisko

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  12. I do lack a lot of sleep now days because I am up late doing homework and I am committed to many other activities as well. It has impacted my grades and other activities because I am always exhausted. Usually before I go to work or hockey practice, I always try to take a 30 minute power nap to keep me progressing with my day. I believe that companies and schools should have nap time because as stated in the article, companies lose money each year due to the sloppy work employees do. Also, we learned that in Mrs. Trisko's health class, lack of sleep will lead to bad grades. So with that in mind, I believe that we should have nap time in school as well to boost our work ethnics so we as students can achieve better grades.

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  13. Although it seems counter-intuitive, I believe that the boost in productivity resulting from the nap makes it worth the extra time. Almost everyone is sleep deprived in this fast paced society, which costs companies $18 billion. Companies could benefit from more productivity associated with napping. What was most surprising to me was that in other countries, such as in Latin America, that napping is considered normal. Hopefully, we can become like those countries and have napping as something that is socially acceptable so that we can reduce the negative effects of sleep deprivation.

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  14. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue with me, since it effects my focus as school and at home and leaves me in a sour mood all day. I have found that laying down for at least 20 minutes has saved me a lot of energy and really helps me get on task again. Companies should be allowed nap rooms because most people will get tired or sleepy around midday, and most companies have people working around midday, so the addition of a relatively short nap should definitely help those workers stay on task and be able to get their jobs done. Nap pods at school sound like the best idea ever. Kids these days are so sleep deprived that being well rested seem almost impossible to achieve. Knowing from my experiences, napping after eating lunch sound perfect, since i am always tired during fifth period, and usually daydream and miss the lesson because i am too tired to pay attention. Taking a nap at that time would definitely boot my grades and focus.

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  15. I can relate to the topic of sleep deprivation because I usually have trouble sleeping at night. But the statistic that unsanctioned naps on the job actually costs U.S. businesses $18 billion a year in lost productivity is really compelling. If people think it's okay to nap at work through nap rooms, they are still spending time being unproductive and ultimately costing the U.S. money.

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  16. Biologically speaking, its extremely difficult for teens and young adults to get all the recommended hours of sleep needed to function at their best. Since we tend to get tired at a later hour, but also need to wake up earlier than most adults, we feel the negative effects in the amount of sleep we get each night. I think it would be highly beneficial to have a nap break in the middle of the day, a siesta of sorts. I can feel my quality of work slowly decreasing throughout the day, and its even more difficult if you have a sport and then have to go home to do your homework. Teaching kids healthy habits at a young age is a great idea, but we seem to gloss over the importance of sleep.

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  17. Biologically speaking, its extremely difficult for teens and young adults to get all the recommended hours of sleep needed to function at their best. Since we tend to get tired at a later hour, but also need to wake up earlier than most adults, we feel the negative effects in the amount of sleep we get each night. I think it would be highly beneficial to have a nap break in the middle of the day, a siesta of sorts. I can feel my quality of work slowly decreasing throughout the day, and its even more difficult if you have a sport and then have to go home to do your homework. Teaching kids healthy habits at a young age is a great idea, but we seem to gloss over the importance of sleep.

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  18. Sleep deprivation isn't a huge issue for me because I try to manage my time well and stick to a certain bed time every night. However, there are some nights in which it's hard to control how much sleep I get due to the amount of homework I have. As much as I would like to take naps during the day, it's hard for me to fall asleep at random times, and even if I could, I don't know when I would be able to. I think it's a great idea for companies to have sleeping pods, so that workers will be more energized and focused throughout the day. It actually surprises me that napping at work hasn't become widely acceptable yet, because, as stated in the article, "in European countries such as Spain and in many Latin American countries, an afternoon siesta is, in fact, considered normal." Meanwhile, in the U.S., "52 percent of firms told researchers they had reprimanded or even suspended office-nappers." This controversy definitely needs to be addressed so that people get the rest they deserve, and produce their best work everyday. I don't think it's necessary for schools to have nap time, since that would just end up adding another thing to the schedule. But, I do think they should either start later or end earlier, so that students can have the option to sleep in later or get homework done early and go to bed at a reasonable hour.

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  19. I think everyone has a sleep deprivation. Especially teens and young adults. Everyone seems so busy now a days that they go to sleep right after they finish all their work. At times it's okay to go below 9.25 hours of sleep, like when there's a party or your on vacation, but having sleep deprivation all the time is it okay. Essentially for those who take medication for it. I feel like one should wake up early and stop there day of with a work out to get energy to go about there day. If you really think about it our generation is really messed up because of all the technology. I can assure you that's why many people have lack of sleep. Every where you go people are always on their phones. It's crazy, essentially teens. They stay up so late looking at their phones that their the ones who are hurting themselves because they don't rest. I feel like it's hard for someone to get a good sleep when there's lots of things to worry about.

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  20. Sleep deprivation isn't an ongoing issue for me, but I do experience it on occasion. When I feel sleep deprived I am less motivated to do work. At school, I will use little to no class time to do work because I prefer to take my own time after I've gotten home and rested. I also find that when sleep deprived I put less effort into my note taking compared to when I am awake and taking extremely detailed notes. This does not help me in future situations. On days like these I do go home to nap before doing work. If I don't sleep through the entire afternoon, yes the nap does help increase my productivity and school work performance. When doing theater shows at school I'm often hit with a schedule where we go from 3:30 to 9pm for two weeks. In between 6th period and rehearsal I would take a nap in Ms. Lawson's room. This overall kept my energy high for the long work day and improved my performance compared to that at school after waking up sleep deprived that morning. The Harvard study mentioned in the article concluded that a nap essentially recharges the brain to make it more attentive, increasing work productivity. I think that schools should allow their students to take naps during classes like Advisory or Tutorial. When you don't have any work to do or any work with urgency, using time to take a nap should be put on the list of productive things to do. If a nap improves performance in school, there is no reason why a student shouldn't be allowed to take a power nap. I don't think companies or schools should create separate times as that takes up more hours of the day, but they should allow times already in place for people to nap- and yes maybe a nap room if there isn't a quiet room to rest your head.

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  21. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue. Almost every adolescents and adults have it as life gets progressively tougher and harder, people have to keep up in order to stay in track. While there are people who claims it doesn't affect them as much, it still hinders their full potential from their work. Sleep deprivation also slows the brain of its function which is bad for anyone's health and growth. People should be taking more naps in their spare time whenever possible especially for kids since bad habits develop at a young age. Although in some people's schedules, there is no slot for it. Therefore, making it impossible for them to do so.

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  22. Sleep deprivation is 100% a problem for me, when it comes to suffering from insomnia its pretty hard not to be sleep deprived. My sleep deprivation affects how I pay attention in school, my ability to focus in my daily life and my ability to be kind towards others. I have tried to take "power naps" in my daily life but I never have been able to fall asleep while attempting a nap. I think schools and offices should have nap rooms, if they had these they would have students that are getting better grades, and employees that can work harder and for longer without needing as many breaks, and the students and employees moods will have improved and will create a better working/learning environment.

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  23. Sleep deprivation is a big problem for me which is why I try to take a short nap every day, usually 15-30 minutes because it refreshes me and helps me get through the rest of the day. I believe that naps are very helpful and the article supports this, "company executives quickly noticed happier, more productive employees." Its usefulness is greatly undervalued in our society, and I would be a very vocal advocate for incorporating naps into all of our daily lives in schools and in jobs throughout the U.S.

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  24. The idea of naps taking place would be interesting but if ever integrated would cost companies a lot of work time then again productivity would probably skyrocket. If preschool taught me anything is that sleep is a key to success and being awake and alert can be the difference from a sloppy piece of macaroni art to a master piece turkey hand drawing. This is also a direct connection to mental health and suffering from sleep deprivation is no way to get work done. So that why I see the good and bad from naps. More naps less money, but also more productivity.

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