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Inemori: The Japanese nap that boosts your productivity
If your boss finds you napping at your desk, he probably won’t give you a raise. However, napping can improve your performance… if you adhere to a few conditions. In Japan they know all about it: they discovered the benefits of “enemori” centuries ago.
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What is inimori?
Inemori is an ancient Japanese practice that literally translates to “being present during sleep.” In fact, it involves napping or sleeping in public. It does not matter where or under what circumstances: in public transport, at work or during a meeting. In Japanese culture, inimori is seen as a sign of dedication to your work. The person in question is so committed to his responsibilities that he can sleep in public places.
One of the reasons why sleeping in public places is so common in Japan also has to do with Japanese sleeping habits. A 2015 study found that nearly 40% of adults sleep less than 6 hours per night.
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How is Enimori performed?
Although inimori is widely accepted in Japan, there are some implicit social rules that you must respect. Enemori is a power nap of no more than 15 minutes. It’s actually more of a quick energy break than deep sleep. Naps should also be taken while sitting. Although the sleeper is mentally “absent,” he or she should be able to return to the current social situation when active contribution is needed.
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What are the benefits of a power nap?
A power nap should last a maximum of 20 minutes to be beneficial. In this case:
- Improves alertness.
- Reduces fatigue.
- Improves mood and reduces stress levels.
- Improve cognitive performance (memory and concentration) and physical performance.
- Productivity gets a boost.
- Improves heart health.
Long naps can lead to drowsiness, also known as “sleep inertia.” It is also recommended not to take a nap too late in the day so as not to disturb sleep.
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