Channel 10’s ‘Studio 10’ talks napping. September 9th, 2014.
How Napping can help prevent start-up burnout. StartUp Smart. 22nd August, 2014
Sleeping your way to the top How some to-die-for bosses encourage napping at work. Sydney Morning Herald July 21st, 2014
Napping feature BBC World Service Radio, UK July 8th, 2014
Unraveling? It’s Time to Unplug Sydney Morning Herald, 3rd March, 2014
Help for the digitally addicted San Jose Mercury News, California, 14th March, 2014
Nap Zzzone at The Happiness Conference ABC News June 2013
Yawning Gulf – Radio National, Health Report feature on the latest science and trends in napping – featuring Australia’s first Nap-In, presented by Thea O’Connor.
ABC radio, The Night Show (December 2012)
ABC radio, Perth, (November 2011)
Napping at work
JUNE 19, 2013
Delegates encouraged to powernap in Conference Nap Zzzone
At this years Happiness Conference in Melbourne, the 1,500 or so conference delegates were encouraged not only to soak up the wisdom of high profile presenters such as the Dalai Lama, but also to ‘switch off’ by taking a powernap at the Conference Nap Zzzone.
Flash Mob Nappers also took to the floor over the two days of the Conference, putting their bodies on the line to help bring back the nap.
Thea O’Connor presented “Nap before you snap” on Wednesday June 19th, 2013 at 3.20 pm at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre… during the afternoon slump. She doesn’t mind if people yawn or even nod off during her presentation.
“Information overload is really common at conferences, and taking a short break, especially if it contains some sleep, can really help you integrate and remember new information,” says Naptivist and Founder of NapNow, Thea O’Connor.
“Also many people are likely to arrive a bit short on sleep, which means by mid-afternoon they’ll be really struggling to pay attention. We are encouraging people to try out a 10 – 20 minute powernap so they can get the most out of the Conference,” says O’Connor.
Research shows that a nap as brief as 10 minutes is enough to improve mood, concentration, alertness, and even to reduce workplace accidents and errors. In practice this means allowing more like 20 minutes – to allow time to drift off.
“We don’t turn our heads at workers taking a 15 minute coffee break, so why not give the nod to true rejuvenation as well?” asks O’Connor who founded NapNow to normalise the mini-siesta in our personal and working lives.
“With all predictions about the future of work pointing towards increased speed and complexity in the workplace we need to be looking at effective ways to quickly re-energise and re-fresh our focus. Continuing to work long and hard without breaks despite fatigue is neither good for health nor productivity.”
O’Connor believes that the powernap is the renewable energy practice whose time has come for the sake of professional and personal sustainability.
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