Powernapping - Sleeping in the office: 11 tips for relaxed work

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Obviously, sleep is one of the key factors for productive work - otherwise, sleeping would not be one of our readers' favorite topics. Especially sleeping in the office is growing in popularity. But where do you sleep in the office, and as undisturbed and in secret as possible?

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Sleep is, as we repeatedly note, an exceptionally popular topic in the readers of Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®, We can only speculate about the reasons on a career blog: Maybe our readers just do not have enough of it. Because you actually notice things only when they are missing. And sleep is definitely one of them.

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It is actually quite difficult to give tips for the right amount of sleep, because that is different for each individual. Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer, for example, has reported that she only needs four to six hours of sleep per night - but less, she even works together at business lunches. Napoleon, too, is said to have got on with four hours. Albert Einstein, on the other hand, needed 12 hours of sleep per night.

Different need of sleep, different tips


Also several other personalities, some of which we have in our column "Opinions"Questioned seem to have a very different need for sleep.

For example, Pascal Jenny, director of Arosa Tourism, sleeps five hours a night, and Adrian Locher, founder and COO of DeinDeal.ch, sleeps six hours. And Fionnuala Meehan, Sales Director of Google Ireland, does not get under sleep seven hours.

Sleep in the office - but where?


In short, the topic of sleeping while working is encountered again and again in very different places. Only one aspect we have so far ignored: Wo exactly is the best place to sleep in the office?

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Because even if there are companies that are actually tolerated lunch, but usually lacks a place to sleep. It is more common that afternoon sleep is even frowned upon and you should not get caught.

11 Tips for Suitable Beds in the Office


Therefore, we did not miss 11 tips for suitable and undiscovered sleeping places at work. An overview:

  1. At home: Freelancers who work like me at home have it comparatively easy: you can just go to bed. And now comes the joke: since I am self-employed, I either have this desire hardly or give it no more. How stupid.
  2. Under the conference table: One of my favorite books is "How to Anchor Orders and Talk to Fish" - and not only because of the original title and content, but also because of the first chapter: Author Volker Remy here completely committed to the (in) office, in the office to take a nap. And where is his favorite sleeping place? In the meeting room under the conference table. Embarrassing only if one then sleeps the beginning of the meeting and crawls out in front of the boss and customers under the conference table ...
  3. Head on the keyboard: A real treasure trove for sleeping places are the comments in various blogs and forums: There, the readers of specially furnished bedrooms or report Company in China, where everyone puts their heads on the keyboard. If you have to do it secretly, it is recommended to let your arms hang in the direction of your shoes - it seems a bit like tying your shoelaces. Then please do not snore.
  4. In my own office on the floor: Anyone lucky enough to have a single office can deposit there like a pillow and simply sleep on the floor. Only nobody is allowed to enter.
  5. Outside: A possibility that I sometimes use myself: benches, or even when it's dry, a meadow. Someone once told me that he regularly uses park benches for a quick nap. And that he is far from the only one who does that. I like that. Advantage: you remain undiscovered. Disadvantage: rather difficult in winter. Although - with mummy sleeping bag ...
  6. Relax armchair, massage and pregnant recliner: Forum commentators have many other creative ideas - such as recommending the boss to buy a relaxing armchair or using existing massage loungers. In a not quite serious intentioned article in the Financial Times Germany (no longer available) was also recommended once a Schwangerenliege.
  7. On the toilet: According to the FTD article, the toilet is a popular place to sleep, especially in DAX groups.
  8. In the cupboard: And finally, an insider's tip from said article, which reads: file or locker cabinets. Would be too stale or too dangerous if someone locks up. But still a possibility.
  9. cafes: Some cafes offer the possibility to sleep in quiet corners.
  10. Public libraries: Many public libraries also offer rest areas and rest rooms to retire for a nap.
  11. In your own car: As a last resort, so to speak, you can if necessary in the garage in your car to sleep undisturbed.

Conclusion: sleeping places are as unusual as humans


I'm glad to be honest that I do not have this problem, but theoretically can sleep when and where I want.

In practice, unfortunately, this also looks different, because as a self-employed person you always have something in your head. Where do you sleep during work?

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  1. Hannah Rose

    Ha, under the conference table is a new idea to me. First thought what how many steps there with their dirty outdoor shoes! :(

    I would probably carry a yoga with just in case.

    • Simone Janson

      Hi Hannah, glad to bring my readers to new ideas. Yes, it might be uncomfortable when the meeting just starts, so I think its important to set a wake-up time on your mobile.

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