Re: napping

Subject: Re: napping
From: Matthew S Novak <mnovak -at- TRUMPET -dot- AIX -dot- CALPOLY -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 May 1994 14:14:02 -0700

Winston Churchill used to argue (with some heat) that taking a nap in the
early afternoon allowed him to do his best thinking for the rest of the
day. Citing Churchill in this debate can't hurt, can it? If you want to
read about this yourself, see his *History of World War II* vol. 1--he
spends a good portion of the early pages of this volume discussing himself.
Just think: if Churchill hadn't napped, Hitler may have won the war!

On Tue, 17 May 1994, Tom Bayston Jr. wrote:

> I only have my personal testimony that a twenty or thirty minute rest
> restores lost energy, revitalizes mental processes -- after lunch is the
> traditional (and naturally so) siesta period. I learned it by observing
> animals in nature, by the way.

> I have been trying to encourage the same idea of providing even the space
> and accommadations for reclined rest at the university campus, and the
> office where I used to work; they didn't listen to me either.

> American culture has a strong prejudice against anything except a breakneck
> pace of productivity until the whistle blows. Of course, many of the CEO's
> are having drinks by 3 p.m. In sales, even earlier - <g>.

> I guess they all know better than Microsoft how to maximize employee
> efficiency.... yeah, right.

> Any ammunition you collect to carry on this crusade, please be kind
> enough to forward to me, or at least post to the list if others are
> interested.

> *%*%*%*%*

> Tom Bayston Jr.
> University of Central Florida
> bayston -at- pegasus -dot- cc -dot- ucf -dot- edu

> *%*%*%*%*

> On Tue, 17 May 1994, Patrick O'Connell wrote:

> > I won't go into the gory details, but I just had something of a run-in with
> > our office manager here on the subject of having a place for employees to
> > power-nap during the day. The person in question believes that "there's a
> > problem" if someone needs to nap during the day -- ARGGH! I think it may
> > take a great deal to bring this person over to my side of this issue, if
> > that's even possible, so I'm looking for references to any literature
> > containing positive conclusions about the benefits of daytime naps for
> > corporate drones.
> >
> > This includes books (OK, I'm not expecting too many), magazine or newspaper
> > articles (magazine is better; easier to get reprints), WHATEVER. I'd also
> > like to hear from anyone whose employer has designated "nap areas" and/or
> > officially approves of 10 winks to chase away the post-prandial coma or
> > overtime-exhaustion blues -- especially if there have been measurable
> > benefits. The only company I know of that does this presently is Microsoft.
> >
> >
> > Thanx,
> > PatO'
> > .--------------------------------.----------------------------------.
> > |Patrick Brian O'Connell > Intermediate Technical Writer|
> > |Internet: patricko -at- eicon -dot- com < Eicon Technology Corporation|
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