You must be working hard if you're this tired.
A recent New York Times articles began, “In most countries, sleeping on the job isn’t just frowned upon, it may get you fired. But in Japan, napping in the office is common and culturally accepted.” The practice of “inemuri,” or sleeping on duty, displays diligence expressed as exhaustion.
It’s clear the Japanese have really figured things out: karaoke, ramen, getting paid to sleep. I mean what did you really think Godzilla was doing under the ocean for all that time. Not finishing up expense reports, I tell you that. So, in passing on this Eastern wisdom, here are the best places to nap at your job. Just don’t get caught.
Under the Desk
George on Seinfeld was a visionary of the napping at work movement in the U.S. when he fashioned an elaborate nook under his desk at the offices of Yankee Stadium. That little cave where your feet dangle all day is the perfect cover for a quick mid-day snooze.
In the Server Closet
If you’re working at an office, you’re working on computers. And if you company is worth their snuff, there is a closet somewhere where they house their servers. Go! Find that quiet, tucked away cave of forgotten dreams, and doze off to the din of others making things happen.
On the Train to Work
A classic. Some are ashamed to sleep in public, but this is a big one in Japan. Find a comfy spot between two portly, trustworthy commuters and make the most of your journey to and from the job. Are you really that interested in what Facebook posts your friends liked?