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5 ways to nap at the office

By Jessica Kozuka

We’ve all been there. Maybe it was an ill-advised night out the day before or a colicky newborn that wouldn’t sleep or just the weather, we’ve all had days at the office when we wanted nothing more than to curl up and take a nap. In fact, it’s more of a need than a want as you sit there, staring blankly at your computer screen, unable to put a coherent thought together. But sadly, napping at your desk can be seriously uncomfortable, not to mention grounds for termination.

If you absolutely must grab a few winks and are willing to take the risk, though, Twitter user @sui_gin has helpfully illustrated some possible sleeping positions in manga style.

The artist says he drew the illustration after being asked how he sleeps at the office if he has no bed.

The positions are described as:

-- The ideal position: placing a mouse pad on top of a can of Red Bull is standard -- The surrender position: for when your shoulders are really tired, sometimes I hurt my back -- The anima position: for when your shoulders and back are really tired, the height of the books is really important -- The orz position: for when your butt is tired, it’s really comfortable, but embarrassing if someone sees you -- The peace of the wage slave position: this is the max for comfort and impact if you are seen. You can definitely sleep for hours in this position!

So, which one are you?

Source: Hamusoku

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when I worked for ECC in Nagoya the best place was on the stairs up to the roof.No one ever came up and the ECC banners made nice pillows and blankets but I did scare the hell out of one workman when he came up the stairs and I crawed out from under a banner.Ah those were the days

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99% of Japanese people who are "tired" simply stay up too late watching crap TV. Fact.

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99% of Japanese "act" tired to show that they really work hard. Fact.

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All except the last (?) are bad for your back.

That chair is bad for your back too.

If you sit all day, invest in a decent office chair (not an overly soft one), with armrests that will actually support your arms (try a few models before buying, adjustable height and positioning are a plus) and a head rest. Your shoulders, neck and back will thank you.

The above type of chair is good for a nap if you can lean back in it. Never lean forward if you can help it.

One of these is great for your elbows. (It's not a crazy gadget)


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This is an artform in Japan. and being "tired" is a badge of honour.....

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"But sadly, napping at your desk can be seriously uncomfortable, not to mention grounds for termination."

Grounds for termination? What, in Japan as a permanent employee of a Japanese company? I seriously doubt that, unless American-style neoliberal thinking has really made inroads in recent years. People doze off in meetings at Japanese companies, even when meeting with outside clients. There's even a word for it, inemuri (居眠り).

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70% of my desk is asleep right now.

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If you have your own office, dump a bunch of paperclips on the floor and then lie down next to them and commence drooling. If the door opens suddenly - Boom! You're at work picking up spilled paperclips!

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I used to work in a place with its' own nurse office; we often had groups of young kids coming to visit as part of their orientation (worked for a company that arranged homestays), and a favourite of the staff was to go and sleep on the beds in there after complaining of a 'headache' or whatever, from Ganbarou-ing so bloody hard. Always amused me, that one. Never tried that myself; always afraid of snoring / farting in my sleep around the hot nurses. Haha.

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People who take a nap for about 90 minutes after lunch can actually increase their learning power which primes to absorbs new facts. But people who nap should never take more than 30 minutes, lest they fall into deeper sleep and awake feeling groggy than refreshed. Some people take a cup of coffee or tea because the caffeine will take 20 minutes to kick in and act as a natural wake-up call. Therefore a lengthy afternoon nap is not just for the body but prepares the brain to remember things and plays a critical role in the processing of memories. It's also not just important to sleep after learning, but you need it before learning to prepare the brain for laying down information. So I'm a big supporter of power nap because it works for me even though it's not for everyone.

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In my office, we all work in tall cubicles, and our desks go all the way to the floor. One of my coworkers would "disappear" during the day for long stretches and I would think she had gone home for the day. Then she would reappear later in the day. I finally overheard her tell another coworker that she gets under her desk and takes a nap if she is tired. When the boss looks for her, he doesn't come all the way into the cubicle and it appears she is just gone somewhere. When he catches up with her, and he asks where she was, she claims she was in the bathroom.

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Slackers! Get back to work! Ha ha

What about that new Regain energy drink promoted by those girls in the yellow tiger boots and the long blue hair?

Seriously, get to bed early, if you have trouble sleeping, take some cold medicine.

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