A 'power nap' at work can improve your work performance

Some companies like Google have nap rooms for employees.

Power napping can improve your performance at work, but it may depend on the length of the nap.

MarketWatch reports that a nap between 45 minutes and 60 minutes can result in an increase in information retrieval, according to a study by researchers at Saarland University in Germany published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Participants were asked to learn 90 single words and 120 word pairs that were effectively meaningless or made no sense to exclude the likelihood that they could be familiar with the word pairs. People who had napped retrieved five times more information than people who watched movies. However, naps didn't improve 'associative memory', the ability to recover a memory associated with a place or event. 

While some companies like Google Inc. have nap rooms for employees, catching 40 winks for many workers isn't easy or acceptable during a busy day. 'Napping is looked down upon in many companies', says Dan Schawbel, founder of WorkplaceTrends.com. He says it is more acceptable in the laid-back culture of Silicon Valley than the heady world of New York finance, and less acceptable in industries that deal directly with customers.

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