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A quick catnap can improve productivity

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Were you feeling sleepy Monday because of Sunday's loss of an hour due to the change daylight saving time?

Monday was National Napping Day. A couple coined the day to encourage people to incorporate naps into their lifestyle.

It's a lifestyle your job may help you achieve.

Without an afternoon nap, workers may start pounding back cups of joe and turning to some unhealthy habits to get the boost. More employers are starting to add nap rooms in the workplace to boost productivity.

Dr. Armado Freire, who administers 1,000 sleep studies each year, said you spend one-third of your life asleep, but many people don't take it seriously.

The recommendation of sleep for adults is between seven to nine hours. Web retailer Zappos has nap rooms, and other companies like Google have a napping pod, which is a high-tech enclosed chair designed for napping.

Just 10 to 20 minutes can rest your brain, reduce stress, increase your memory and improve your overall on-the-job performance.

Dr. Freire said nap rooms can make a significant difference, especially for high stress positions.

"Forward thinking employers are looking into this issue because they know if they rescue sleep for the employers and the employees, the productivity is going to improve, doing so will jeopardize the efficacy of a corporation," he said.

A National Sleep Foundation poll says 43 percent of Americans between age 13 and 64 rarely or never get a good night of sleep on weeknights. If you need to nap, get it in before 3 p.m. to prevent it from messing up your night's sleep.

Dr. Freire says nap rooms are increasing in hospitals and jobs which follow circadian rhythms, like people who work late shifts. Not every employer needs to make space for naps. If your workers get the proper amount of sleep, it's not necessary.

But according to a National Sleep Foundation poll, 60 percent said they have a sleep problem every night or almost every night.

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