"Sleeping on the job" is a phrase that is not positive. It's often preceded by "He was fired for" and can make you the butt of jokes for years to come.

But maybe it shouldn't be such a bad thing.

In a world where more and more people are connected to more and more devices at all times of day, getting solid shuteye is about as rare as a 14-year-old girl who doesn't like Taylor Swift. But, here's a stat that may keep you up nights: lack of sleep costs the US about $63 billion in lost productivity annually. That's a lot of sheep you should be counting.

So, letting employees steal some sack time on the clock, while sounding counterproductive, may be just what the doctor (and boss) ordered, especially since there's a (refreshed) body of research that shows napping is good for the brain.

We say you should bring this up at your next staff meeting, so that when the meeting after that one takes place and everyone asks where you are, they can say, without your fear of termination, "He's sleeping." And that'll be great because you'll be getting much-needed rest and missing a meeting, which science also desperately needs to prove is also counterproductive.

Not sure if you agree? Well, why don't you sleep on it?

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