Workplace culture varies and depends on multiple different factors. While some workplaces can be relaxed in nature, others can be rather strict. Accordingly, several companies have begun incorporating workplace naps into their work cultures. While traditionally seen as an inconvenience, workplace naps can actually induce productivity, etc. It can also lessen stress and burden.

Thus, Real Research launched a survey on workplace naps seeking opinions on naps at the workplace. The survey also asks, ‘should workers be allowed to nap at work?’, ‘do naps at work increase productivity?’, etc. As an unconventional workplace practice, the public has their opinions about naps at the workplace. Here are the results.


  • 70.04% say they get enough sleep and rest with their current work timings.
  • 71.38% say they will feel better rested if their allocated space and time for naps.
  • 50.97% say employees should get at least 20 minutes of workplace naps.

The Majority of Respondents’ Work Starts Before 8 AM

The survey starts by asking respondents what their work timings are. To this, a majority of 52.26% say ‘before 8 AM’, while 26.51% work between 8 AM – 6 PM. Moreover, 6.38% work after 11 PM and 5.59% say they work between 6 PM – 11 PM. However, 9.26% work at odd timings and must always be available.

Figure 1 Respondents’ work timings
Figure 1: Respondents’ work timings

The survey then asks whether respondents get enough sleep and rest with current work timings. The majority (70.04%) say ‘yes’, while 15.28% say ‘yes, but I could use more sleep and rest’. However, 14.68% do not get enough sleep or rest at all.

The survey goes on to ask whether respondents will be better rested if their workplace allotted time and space for naps. In response to this, 71.38% say ‘yes’, while 12.93% say ‘yes, that would help but it doesn’t fix the main issue’. Furthermore, 7.72% say ‘no, that’s a waste of time, I’d rather have shorter hours’. Finally, 7.45% say ‘no, workplace naps will only ruin my routine’.

Employees Should Get 20 minutes of Workplace Naps

The survey then continues to ask how much time employees should get to have workplace naps. In response, 50.97% say at least 20 minutes, 26.93% say 30 minutes to 1 hour, and 14.24% say 1-2 hours. However, 7.86% suggest more than 2 hours.

Figure 2: Workplace nap times
Figure 2: Workplace nap times

Accordingly, the survey also asks where employees should take their workplace naps. A majority of 47.11% suggest ‘at their desks’, while 13.38% suggest in empty meeting rooms, and 13.37% say restrooms. Moreover, 11.34% chose a dedicated nap room, while 9.86% suggest ‘leisure and lunch rooms’. Lastly, 4.31% suggest napping in the waiting area at the reception.

Most Respondents Favor Workplace Naps

The survey then asks respondents whether they are for or against workplace naps. On this, 79.08% are for workplace naps, while 20.92% are against them.

Figure 3 Respondents' stance on workplace naps
Figure 3: Respondents’ stance on workplace naps

The survey then asks why respondents would be against workplace naps. To this, 20.40% say it will make employees lazy, while 25.80% say precious productive time will be lost. Additionally, 14.42% say that company resources will be wasted, and 9.20% say overtime hours won’t be counted. Lastly, 7.26% feel it will be hard to justify the need for a raise.

To conclude, the survey asks respondents about the benefits of napping at work. In reply, a majority of 58.54% feel naps are short and help boost productivity. Whereas, 14.62% feel sometimes employees feel better after a good nap.

Moreover, 4.55% say it shows that the company cares for the health and well-being of its employees. Likewise, 4.07% feel employees will become loyal, while 2.59% say companies can better implement flexible hours. In contrast, 8.05% are against workplace naps.


Survey TitleSurvey on Workplace Naps
DurationApril 24- May 01, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.