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How napping at work helps me recharge

June 13, 2014  |  2 min read

Arianna Huffington is a big believer in getting enough sleep, which is why Huffington Post staffer Madeline Wahl has been converted to napping at work.

I wasn’t always a napper. I used to work through the day until I’d go home and fall into my bed, with heavy eyelids and aching muscles.

I found the idea of napping at the office at first uncomfortable and slightly embarrassing. I’d hope to sneak into the nap room, hope no one would see me. Would I be judged for sleeping during the workday? But, once I realized that taking a nap during the workday was acceptable, and quite often encouraged, I was no longer concerned whether anyone noticed my trek to the nap room. On particularly exhausting days, I no longer felt guilty taking a quick half hour shut-eye.

Now, I love napping. It’s the perfect antidote to a busy day. It’s an easy way to recharge, to calm my mind and clear my thoughts. The nap rooms are increasingly popular at The Huffington Post; the sign-up sheet posted outside the door is often filled with names. But once inside, with the door closed and the lights dimmed, it’s like the rest of the office and the sounds of New York City melt away.

I lie down in the nap pod, then fiddle with the control panel on the armrest. I set the timer, adjust the lighting, the vibration settings (yes, it’s also part massage chair), and the volume and decide whether I want ocean waves or classical music or the sounds of nature. Since my inner Floridian is yearning for summer during this New York City winter, I usually settle on ocean sounds.

As the waves roll in, they wash away my thoughts and the stresses of the day. My body relaxes, shoulders dropping, head tilting to one side, jaw unclenching. I leave the room refreshed, ready to take on the rest of the day with a clear head and a rejuvenated spirit.

Article taken from www.redonline.co.uk

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