Guess What! Sleeping on the job can improve your work

I was talking to Mayank and suddenly I read a news cutting on his board with the same heading. Here everyone has something to read on their boards – to have a feel, I would say ;M)


I liked the heading and wanted to read more about it and I asked for the newspaper and date – it was apna Times Of India of saddi Delhi and date is Sep 23, 2006. Another thing I noted that the news was directly copied from the one published in on Sep 21, 2006…so they also do copy paste…HA


The news which has mentioned some interesting research results sounded really very interesting  to me and it seems to be producing useful results.


Here goes the news as is from original source –


Sleeping on the job can improve your work


If your boss catches you snatching 40 winks at your desk, there’s no need to be embarrassed.

Just explain that you are sharpening your mental powers and boosting your productivity.

And point out that you have evidence to prove it.

The evidence in question has been provided by scientists who have shown for the first time that a daytime nap boosts memory, making it easier to recall important facts.

The research was carried out in the U.S., where the practice of ‘power napping’ has already proved popular among many executives.

However, not all bosses have embraced the idea of their staff sleeping on the job.

Dr Matthew Tucker, who led the research team, acknowledged that there was resistance to staff nodding off in the office. ‘Time devoted to daytime napping has been considered to be counterproductive in environments requiring

mental acuity and substantial memory capacity,’ he said.

He and his colleagues from the sleep lab at the City University of New York set about proving that theory wrong. They looked at how napping affected the recall of a group of students.

In a test of their ability to remember facts, the volunteers were asked to memorise pairs of words, such as ‘clock’ and ‘hands’. Their ability to learn an action was also tested, with the men and women trying to accurately trace the mirror image of a complex pattern.

Then, half the group were taken to a sound- proof chamber. Although they were allowed to nap for up to an hour, the average time spent asleep was 47 minutes.

While they snoozed, the others relaxed by reading magazines and watching films. Six hours after the start of the experiment, both sets of volunteers were re-tested on the memory and mirror games. While both groups performed equally well on the mirror-image test, those who had the siesta did better on the memory test than those who had stayed awake all afternoon.

In fact, the nappers remembered 15 per cent more word pairs, this week’s New Scientist reports.

The researchers believe that non-REM sleep – the dreamless period that accounts for the first 90 minutes to two hours after we fall asleep – may play a crucial role in factual learning.

During this time, the conditions needed for storing facts for easy retrieval are just right. However, if you sleep longer, and go into REM sleep, in which dreaming occurs,

the effects may be cancelled out. They caution, however, that while a nap may help with recall later the same day, it is not clear the memory-boosting effect is long-lasting. Famous siesta-takers include Sir Winston Churchill, who swore by a mid-afternoon snooze followed by a bath, and even stuck to his routine during the Second World War.

Margaret Thatcher liked to prepare herself for Prime Minister’s Questions by taking a 20-minute afternoon power nap.

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