An online tool has been launched in the UK to assist Britons seeking some mid-day shut-eye, after a recent survey revealed that one in five Britons would support the introduction of British siestas; much like those observed in sunnier European climes, in spite of the hit-and-miss UK weather.
The team at interior-design company Hillarys designed The Nap Planner after commissioning a poll inspired by the nation’s love of napping. 2,349 Britons were polled as part of the research, all of whom were aged 18 or over at the time of taking the survey and were in full-time employment. The average age of the respondents was 27 years old.
Initially, all respondents were asked: “How often do you take a nap?” to which the majority of respondents stated that they had a nap ‘at least once a week’. Just 9 per cent of the Britons polled stated that they ‘never’ took naps and 21% even admitted to napping ‘daily’.
When asked to name the places where they usually took their naps, the majority of the respondents stated ‘at home, on the sofa’, ‘at home, in bed’ or ‘at my parents’ house’. Of the less likely places to have a doze, a quarter of respondents confessed that they had taken a nap ‘in the car’ and a sixth of respondents had napped ‘at work’.
All respondents were then asked: “Would you support the introduction of a UK siesta?” This was described as a schedule where the working day would pause for a couple of hours around midday for a rest period, before resuming later in the afternoon. A fifth of Britons confirmed that they would support the introduction of a UK siesta, with the majority citing reasons such as ‘I would be able to concentrate better if I could have a midday nap’ and ‘I get tired and grouchy at work around the middle of the day’.
Helen Turnbull, spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, made the following comments: “We all love a nap. Sometimes, it’s just what you need so you can face the rest of the day and there’s no harm in having a quick recharge of the batteries. The worst thing is when you plan a quick twenty-minute power nap and suddenly an hour has passed and you wake feeling panicked, rushed and groggy. That’s why we decided to come up with the Nap Planner, so Brits looking to catch a few midday zeds can make sure they are napping to the best of their ability!”