Is Your Place of Work Nap Friendly?

I’m reading this on Napping:

  • More than one third of Americans (35%) say that their workplace permits napping during breaks at work,
  • 16% report that their employer provides a place for them to nap, and
  • 26% say they would nap on a break at work if their employer were to allow it.
Source:  US National Sleep Foundation “Longer Work Days Leave Americans Nodding Off On The Job” Press Release. March 3, 2008.

Here’s the thing – in Australia I’m not hearing about this too often… so I would love you to tell me the names of companies that appreciate napping as a way to improve the wellbeing of their people, thereby improving productivity and profitability.

Here are the companies/organisations I know are napping, or encourage napping in Australia:

Google (Australia)

Proctor and Gamble (Australia)

Cisco (Australia)

BMA (BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance) (Australia)

Queensland Government (Australia)

iSelect Insurance (Australia)

BUPA (Australia)

Virgin Active Health Clubs (Australia, NSW and Victoria)

Sleepless No More (Australia)

United States of America:




Yarde Metals

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

Nova Chemicals

The New York Times

Richards Group, Dallas


Huffington Post

Since 1969:

TRC Lowney Associates (Mountain View, USA)



Transportation departments

Oil industries – give us some details, please…


Dr Sarah Mednick, author of Take a Nap, Change Your Life book (USA)

Mayor Nick Haekkerup (Denmark)


I’m also hearing that there is a trend against napping/siesta in the traditional siesta countries, so if your company is still allowing the nap or siesta post that up.


Do you have a napping room at work?  Where are people napping if they are allowed?

I’ve heard some Deutsche Banks have a quiet room that can be used for this sort of purpose.  What sort of rooms are, or might be suitable at your workplace?  Do any libraries still exist?

If you have a room suitable for napping at work, what do they call it?

Thanks, this is going to be revealing.

When you put your comment – please put the name of the company and the country and state:

e.g. Google, USA, New York

and if it’s a no no no!!!, you can tell us that too…

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