Lessons Learned from Napsourcing
1)Familiarize yourself with your employee handbook. We noticed that ours mentions sleeping on the job might be cause for dismissal—thumb through yours, okay?
2)Don’t be a germophobe. Many listeners wrote in praising the virtues of what one commenter called “The Dreaded Toilet Nap.” Use the toilet paper as a pillow, lock the door, and benefit from the fact that all things bathroom-related constitute a “don’t ask, don’t tell” zone in the workplace.
3)Love Your Cube. If your back is to everyone else, try what one listener does: “I just put my hand lightly on the mouse and close my eyes…it has taken a few years of practice to prevent my head from falling over but I think I have mastered that part.” If you’re not quite there, one listener uses the “head-leaning-on-the-hand” technique. Several of you pull a George Costanza and sleep under your desk.
4)Use your commute— but carefully. Sleeping on the bus/subway/train is a time-honored tradition, but as one person warned “I once awoke on a bus with my shoelaces tied—you never know who’s around to take advantage.” And no, you shouldn’t sleep while driving, Rick from Middletown.
5)Know Your Surroundings. Work near a park? Welcome to the park bench nap. Any empty offices nearby? Libraries with cushiony chairs? Houses of worship with welcoming pews? Museums? Work your environment!
6)Don’t go too far. One listener, a stage manager, fell asleep on a catwalk—only to be awoken by a stage light shining in her face at the opening of act one. Another, who works in construction, shared a cautionary tale about a fellow who napped in a pipe chase—and was entombed in sheet rock. And another, a habitual car napper, has had to ask for a jump start several times after his seat heater drained his battery.