Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

The Nap Report

Stan Freberg here. If you get sleepy after lunch, don't feel guilty, you're not alone. Researchers say workers would do a better job if he'd let those eyelids fall for a brief nap. Think you'll have a hard time selling that to your boss? More ammunition, after this. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg again. Even though it runs counter to the U.S. work ethic, many researchers believe that adults should take a brief nap during the day. Bosses who equate the sight of a worker with his head on the desk with laziness are running way behind the curve.

In the workplace of the future, everybody will doze off for a few minutes each day to recharge their batteries. "I take a brief nap just about every day," says Gerald Salenti of the Socio-Economic Research Institute, a consulting firm that predicts trends. "Every culture used to nap before the industrial revolution," he says. Hey, you don't have to sell me, I take a nap every day.

Experts on sleep and attentiveness agree that a brief afternoon nap can eliminate many errors and accidents. Give your boss a copy of Canadian writer Linda Dado's book, "Losing Sleep." She notes that the circadian cycle draws us into sleep twice a day - middle of the night, middle of the afternoon. She says most accidents occur in those two periods.

On the cutting edge of the nap trend is Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, up in Vermont, who keep futon beds in a special room, so workers can crash for a few minutes. Otherwise, they might be putting cherries in the "Rainforest Crunch."

Stan Freberg here.

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