I’m sure most of us who have worked in Japan have experienced a colleague sleeping during meetings, so to try to put some concrete numbers on the phenomenon iShare conducted a survey into sleeping at work.
Between the 28th of April and the 7th of May 2009 405 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private mobile-phone internet-based questionnaire. 54.3% of the sample were male, 32.3% in their twenties, 32.6% in their thirties, and 35.1% in their forties.
Power-napping, catching 15 minutes of forty winks during lunch break, does have definite benefits, and indeed napping salons have started popping up recently, although I do suspect that due to the short night-time sleep hours the Japanese power-nap is more of a necessity than a lifestyle choice.
I don’t power-nap as I use lunch as an opportunity to prepare articles for WJT, but I keep thinking I should. However, my desk is not sleep-friendly and we don’t have any relaxation space in the office.
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Q1: Are you currenly in employment? (Sample size=405)
|No (to end of survey)||30.1%||27.7%||33.0%|
Note that the percentage of employed women (and indeed unemployed men) is surprisingly high.
Q2: At work, do you get drowsy during the daytime? (Sample size=283)
|Frequently (to SQ)||37.8%||35.8%||40.3%|
|Sometimes (to SQ)||58.3%||61.6%||54.0%|
Q2SQ: Have you ever inadvertently nodded off at your workplace? (Sample size=272)
Those who only occasionally got drowsy were more likely to have experienced nodding off in the office.
Q3: During work hours, do you have a nap at lunchtime, etc? (Sample size=283)
Q3SQ1: Where have you taken naps? (Sample size=172, multiple answer)
|At my desk||75.0%||77.5%||70.5%|
|In an empty meeting room, etc||16.9%||20.7%||9.8%|
|In a break room||15.1%||10.8%||23.0%|
|In dining hall, other eating space||9.9%||7.2%||14.8%|
|On a park bench||3.5%||4.5%||1.6%|
|At an empty desk||2.9%||1.8%||4.9%|
|On a bench at work||2.3%||2.7%||1.6%|
|In a food store||1.7%||1.8%||1.6%|
|At an internet cafe||1.7%||1.8%||1.6%|
|In a napping salon||1.2%||0.9%||1.6%|
Q3SQ2: Do you think napping is effective? Eg, removes tiredness, clears head, enable you to work better. (Sample size=172)
|A little effective||59.3%||58.6%||60.7%|
Q3SQ3: If it were possible, would you like to take naps? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)
|Perhaps want to||26.1%||27.1%||25.4%|
|Don’t want to||44.1%||43.8%||44.4%|
Q4: What do you think about napping at work during lunchbreak, etc? (Sample size=283)