… or at least why I should now double my efforts for a “Oui to naps!” campaign and petition in my workplace, if THIS actually comes to fruition:
PARIS — The French already enjoy a 35-hour work week and generous vacation. Now the health minister wants to look into whether workers should be allowed to sleep on the job.
France launched plans this week to spend $9 million this year to improve public awareness about sleeping troubles. About one in three French people suffer from them, the ministry says.
Fifty-six per cent of French complain that a poor night’s sleep has affected their job performance, according to the ministry.
“Why not a nap at work? It can’t be a taboo subject,” Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said Monday. He called for further studies and said he would promote on-the-job naps if they prove useful.
France’s state-run health insurance provider will send letters explaining the importance of good sleep. The Health Ministry’s Web site offers tips on how best to get a good night’s rest.
The ministry’s online “Passport to Sleep” recommends cutting down on coffee, tea, colas, and athletic activity after 8 p.m., shunning TV time or working late in the evening, and listening better to the body’s own sleep signals, such as yawning.
Bertrand said sleepiness causes 20 per cent to 30 per cent of highway accidents across France each year.
Okay, so forget about the rest of the story about the tips on how to get a good night’s rest …
Now, think about all the crabby or scatter-brained people you encounter on the road, or run into throughout your day, or work with …
And then picture what some of them might be like if they had a nice little nap in the middle of the day.
Hypothetically speaking: Slightly happier people … possibly fewer traffic accidents … fewer misunderstandings in general … see the logic? Who’s with me, now?
Vive les sommes, mes amis! Vive les sommes!