Power Napping: short sleep is worth it

A NAP at your Desk, take a NAP in the railway – this is a common Japanese stereotype. “Inemuri” call the East Asians Short NAP during the day. The NAP is regarded as healthy, but the Japanese sleep too little.

  • Power Nap increases attention
  • Cafes in Tokyo, to provide space for break
  • In Japan, children sleep already to a little

Again and again the head of the Japanese bags on the shoulder of his seat neighbors. Like several business people sitting this evening on the benches of the subway and sleep. Two other commuters can succeed, even in the Stand. Sent you have the hands in the hold of the car rings so wedged that you can lean your head against it. Again and again you bend twitching in the knees, sit up and lie dormant.

Scenes like this in a subway in Tokyo are among the world’s most widespread stereotype images of Japan. But it is not a cliché but a reality. "The whole Nation suffers from chronic Schlafmangel", Professor Kazuo Mishima, sleep expert at National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry,.

Who is hardworking, sleeps less

The importance of the relaxing bed rest the &quot wants to be in Germany;The day of the Schlafs" 21. June. To Sleep it is different in Japan: a Little is there since a long time as a sign of hard work, diligence, and Overtime. "Fumin Fukyu" ("Without sleep, without Pause") the world is in the third-largest economy is still a desirable work ethic.

According to an investigation by the American National Sleep Foundation, the Japanese sleep with only an average of six hours and 22 minutes a day less than their fellows in other countries, such as Germany, the USA, the UK, Mexico or Canada.

Recommendation from above: Power-Napping

To compensate for this, use the Japanese method, which is accepted in Western countries, in Japan, even by the government, it is recommended: the Power-Napping, refueling the short sleep of the day to the Back of the battery.

Not always, however, the Sleep is wanted, often the eyes to drop also simply from lack of sleep. "Inemuri" the NAP in Japan. The two characters connect "present sein" and "Schlaf". Whether it’s the Commute, in the office or the canteen, at conferences, or in Parliament – Japanese can sleep anywhere.

Less Stress, more attention

NAP to be as good for your health, to decrease Stress and increase the attention. The Japanese Ministry of health recommends in its guidelines expressly a short sleep in the early afternoon, which should not take longer than 30 minutes.

The economy moves. The renovation company Okuta Corporation 2012 introduced the Power Nap and allowed its approximately 300 employees, to sleep once a day for 15 minutes. "Thanks to naptime I’ll be less errors when Tippen", describes an employee. The Internet company, GMO Internet, provides employees specially 30 Sofas in a conference room for the Power Nap.

Cafés and enable companies to NAP

In other companies it is not Unusual for staff at the Desk, or during the lunch break to sleep in the canteen for short. It is important, however, behavior and body posture of the environment – snoring or feet highly frowned upon in the office. In Tokyo there is now even cafes that specialize in Power-Napping. The "Corne" for example, professionals working for women in between appointments or during the job search, the opportunity to rest. 10 minutes Power Nap for 160 Yen (one Euro).

The Japanese are with their supposed ability to how on the press of a button in the public Drive go to sleep, so be a role model for our hectic Western societies?

Some Japanese experts are more concerned about the way of life of their countrymen. "Chronic sleep can not lack of NAP ausgleichen", Professor Makoto Uchiyama of the University of Nihon Daigaku explained. "Lack of sleep not only leads to a lower concentration and a deterioration in performance, but also to accidents in the transport or the Industrie", Professor Mishima from the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry warns.

In Japan, children sleep already to a little

According to his statistics, 90 percent of the Japanese were in 1941, shortly before 23 o’clock to Sleep. In 1970, the majority put only around midnight, to bed, to the turn of the Millennium shifted during the night, the sleep time on a clock. At the same time, but the Japanese are since 1970 in the morning always at the same time, that is, the duration of sleep is shorter, writes Mishima.

This starts in childhood. According to a study by the Ministry of education of Japanese girls and boys get in the international comparison, the least sleep. So about a third of children under four years later than 22 o’clock to go to bed.

As a reason, many of the time, the Japanese children on the Internet spend. A further cause of ever-increasing educational competition. In addition to the school education of Japanese children attend obligatory sports clubs, and then to often late in the evening, special Paukschulen, so that in the end there is still time to Sleep. Just as their fathers and mothers. With babies and small children sleep in Japan, often for years, with parents or grandparents.


One in five is already suffering from sleep disorder

Japanese experts to make the life-style of adults is partly responsible for the lack of sleep and disrupted daily rhythms of the children. According to research, one out of every five Japanese now suffers under a sleeping disorder. Professionals and also the government propose, therefore, Alarm. "Sleep early, get up early and frühstücken", the government warns the citizens. In spite of the widespread Power Naps Japan push to its limits, the whole Nation suffer from chronic lack of sleep, warns Mishima. "We need to begreifen&quot as a Problem of society as a whole;.

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