It’s a performance-sucking problem. Recently, researchers from Harvard Medical School estimated that workplace sleepiness and drowsy employees cost the average-sized Fortune 500 company around $80 million a year. Scientific studies suggest that some of our neural pathways slow down at this time, which means it’s tougher to evaluate problems and make good decisions.
A proven way to counteract this tired time is to lean into your sleepiness with a quick nap. It’s an idea that researchers from Japan to the UK have endorsed, suggesting that pairing a short nap with a jolt of afternoon coffee can be a recipe for staying alert and accident-free through the day.