An Indian sleep and home solution startup company is implementing a well-being initiative by providing its employees with daily 30-minute nap times.
In 2019, Wakefit Solutions conducted a survey, titled Right to Work Naps, where 70% of 1,500 respondents stated that their workplace does not provide a “nap room,” while 86% expressed that having a designated nap time could increase productivity.
The company made an official Twitter announcement yesterday confirming that Wakefit co-founder Chaitanya Ramalingegowda sent an email to all employees stating that an “official nap time” policy would be launched.
“We have been in the business of sleep for over six years now, and yet, have failed to do justice to a crucial aspect of rest- the afternoon nap. We have always taken naps seriously, but starting today we will be taking things up a notch,” Ramalingegowda wrote in his email.
In addition, Ramalingegowda cited research from sleep studies, including a NASA study that revealed how a 26-minute power nap can increase productivity by 33% and a Harvard study that suggested naps “prevent burnout.”
The company will designate 2-2:30 p.m. everyday as nap time and is working to create “cozy nap pods” and “quiet rooms” in the office to provide employees with a “perfect nap environment.” It was also mentioned that “the calendars of all employees will be blocked during this time as ‘Official Nap Time.’”