I literally just woke up from a nap. Let me tell you: I feel great!

Right after lunch time, my eyes feel a little bit heavier and the clock seems to move a bit slower. Some call it the “afternoon slump” while others call it the “2:00 p.m. crash.” Whatever you want to call it, getting back to work is the last thing you want to do. You just want to curl up into a ball and close your eyes. Instead, you take a deep breath, possibly fill up your coffee cup, and power through to the end of your day feeling dreadful and grumpy. I know you’ve been there at one point.

While companies like Google and Zappos support napping by establishing napping pods, many traditional offices don’t support a midday snooze. It’s usually frowned upon, or offices simply don’t have the facilities to accommodate it.

The great thing about telecommuting is that when you feel tired, you can nap. You’re at home! The day is yours. If you take a quick hiatus from the computer, who’s going to know you jumped into bed for a snooze? No one, unless you tell someone.

The best thing about napping during the workday is that it’s not bad for you, and not bad for your work either. Being a telecommuter just makes it easier to re-energize this way. If you’re not taking naps, I’ll give you five good reasons why you should start:

You’ll feel more alert.

What’s the point of groggily forcing yourself through the rest of the day if your mind isn’t on-point? It could affect the quality of your work and you could be doing it less efficiently.

According to the Sleep Foundation, taking a 20-30 minute nap could help improve alertness and performance. Researchers at U.C. Berkeley also found that napping can help your brain retain information by restoring your brain power.

You’ll be healthier.

According to a Greek study on siestas, people who consistently napped had a 37 percent lower chance of dying by heart disease. Additionally, according to the results of another study, people who sleep at least 45 minutes during the day have lower average blood pressure after psychological stress than people who didn’t nap. Not only does your body benefit from napping in the short term, but it also helps you in the long term.

You’ll be more productive.

Since you’re more alert after a nap, you’ll also be more productive as a result. Rather than sluggishly dragging yourself through the rest of your tasks, you’ll be able to energetically approach your to-do list and get more done.

You’ll be happier.

I don’t know about you, but if I force myself to keep working when I want to crash, I get really, really grumpy. After waking up after a nap, not only do I feel rejuvenated, but I have a more positive outlook on my to-do list.

Your co-workers are probably doing it, too.

Napping at home on a work day is not something new. When I started researching for a recent post, I dug up my coworkers’ telecommuter confessions. Three out of seven employees said they took an occasional nap. I was actually really surprised to know that I wasn’t the only one who did this during the day, but my coworkers did it, too!

Are you convinced, yet?

If you’re considering napping while working from home, I highly recommend trying it out. While the length of your nap depends on your body, according to a LifeHacker article on napping, 10 to 20 minutes is ideal to avoid a groggy hangover-like feeling.

Now, go catch some z’s!

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