Ben and Jerry's: 'Go Ahead, Sleep on the Job'

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A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation shows that approximately 30 percent of workers have fallen asleep or have had to deal with being very tired at work.
    
The survey also reveals that 65 percent of people have had trouble concentrating and seen their performance suffer because of a lack of sleep.

One company has announced that they have figured out how to solve the problem of sleep-deprived employees. The Ben and Jerry's headquarters building in Vermont has designed work place nap rooms for their personnel.
    
"It's really important for the company to have happy healthy employees so we can all do our best," Catherine Elizabeth Brenna, Ben and Jerry's public relations coordinator, said.

"It's great to be able to just get away and then come back ready to go after it," one employee remarked.

Research supports Ben and Jerry's decision to allow their employees some snooze time.
    
Studies show that a short nap in the morning will help you recover your creative thinking and memory.  And a short nap in the afternoon helps you to feel better physically.
     
Still, some health experts warn naps should not be used as a permanent replacement for lost sleep.

"On occasion it will get you over the hump, but whether it gets you back to peak is an open question," Dr. Roger Rosa, a senior scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, told Business Week.

"If you've lost an hour of your previous night's sleep, a nap may be just the ticket," he said. "If you've been up all night, it may give you a hangover effect" known as "sleep inertia."

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