According to one expert, employees should not be denied afternoon naps at work today so as to compensate them for lost sleep.
The study’s lead author a psychologist, Nerina Ramlakhan says that around 25 percent of workers manage just five hours sleep a night- which is very detrimental to their health.
Her research conducted at the University of Leeds points to multifarious health problems these individuals would experience due to poor sleep, which include ‘heart problems’, ‘diabetes’, as well as ‘depression’. In addition, it was advised that operating your phone or computer during the night be stopped since it disrupts your sleep- reducing the hours.
Psychologist Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, who specializes in sleep therapy, said: “The loss of an hour in bed is particularly detrimental to individuals who already struggle with sleep. This time change could see you drop down to a dangerously low amount. Many employees may be feeling worse for wear on Monday so bosses should consider allowing their staff to take a short nap in the office.’’
She made it clear that this is very important because it bolsters the immune system, has tremendously positive effects on the muscles and even acts as an anti-aging agent. They also help in boosting creativity and the ability to solve problems. Thus, having fewer ‘sick days’ by staff.
It is believed that the lost hours could make employees scatterbrained, silly, or even ill.
The psychologist, Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan who led research into sleep for bed maker Silentnight and the University of Leeds, says that the clock moving forward an hour could aggravate sleeping issues for those who already battle them. “The loss of an hour in bed is particularly detrimental to individuals who already struggle with their sleep, and recent research by Silentnight has proved that many Brits, including children, are dangerously sleep deprived,” she said.
In her expression of concern for those using their mobile phones or computers, she relates: “Unlike our ancestors, we’re constantly surrounded by unnatural electronic light, whether it’s from light fittings, computer screens, televisions or mobile phones. This constant exposure to artificial light can have an effect on our sleep quality, and often even when we think we are indulging in a long sleep, the truth is our sleep quality is poor and we still wake up feeling tired.”
She added, saying: “If you are one of the 25 percent of the nation that gets less than five hours sleep a night, this time change could see you drop down to as little as four hours, which is a dangerously low amount”.
“Give staff a short nap in the office”
Furthermore, speaking in the favor of staff, she advises employers or bosses “to consider allowing staff to take nap in the office. It can make a huge difference”.
She suggests a good ‘catnap’ should take place between 2 pm and 4 pm, but not later as it may then interfere with your sleep at night.
So bosses/employers, please do ensure that you do not deny your staff the siesta they need. This, in fact, helps to boost their creativity at work- helping the company to keep at a good pace.
Staff should also stop operating their electronic gadgets so as not to disrupt their sleep.