A survey conducted by the online bed retailer Time4sleep looked into the UK’s work from home habits and how often we nap at work.
The results revealed that almost half of workers would be more inclined to take a job if they could work from home, whilst one in five of those surveyed would be more willing to accept the job if napping was an option.
In terms of areas, Cardiff had the highest response to working from home, with almost two-third’s surveyed , followed by Nottingham (52%) and Birmingham (50%).
From those that were already working from home, 48% admitted to working in their pajamas and one in ten had taken a Skype call in their pajamas. Almost a third of the surveyed people revealed that they have switched on daytime television during work hours.
Over half of sleepy workers admitted to napping at work, with just 12% being disciplined by their boss for doing so. In further results, 20% of participants admitted to being more inclined to take a job if napping at work was an option. This has been implemented by several companies in the United States, including at Ben & Jerry’s, Nike and Google. Both have designated nap pods, which can boost alertness and ultimately improve on performance.
On the results, Jonathan Warren, Director of Time4sleep.co.uk, said:
“It’s clear to see that lack of sleep is having a major impact on workers with over half of people admitting to having a snooze at their desks and that the regular nine to five job simply isn’t working anymore for a lot of young people.
Before considering flexible or reduced hours at work, we recommend that people spend time analysing their bedtime routine and make a few subtle changes such as not using technology in bed and getting a longer night’s sleep.”
Time4sleep have given some tips on work napping:
- Reading a book or listening to calming music can help relax your mind before going to bed.
- Keep your bedroom dark and quiet. Invest in blackout blinds and curtains to keep daylight out.
- Resist the urge to snooze – it can you make you feel more sluggish.
- Stick to a set time every day to go to bed and to get up – even at weekends. This will help your body clock get attuned to recognising times to go to sleep and wake up.
- Avoid drinking caffeine in the afternoon. It can stay in your system for longer than you think and could be keeping you awake.
Read the rest of Time4sleep’s tips here