The Napping Company: bringing science to the workplace

Ind Health. 2005 Jan;43(1):209-12. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.43.209.


Increasing emphasis is currently being given to the importance of bringing knowledge gained from science into places where people live and work, in order to increase the impact science has on the general public's quality of life. Scientific findings about the positive impact of napping on mood and performance are an example of research generated knowledge that needs to be brought to the workplace. A major goal of the Napping Company ( is to bring the science of napping to the workers and the workplace so that employees and employers can act on this knowledge and change worker napping behavior and employer napping policies. The present paper overviews the challenges inherent in making scientific knowledge useful to how we live our lives. The Napping Company is guided by five principles of knowledge transfer in the company's attempts to disseminate and increase utilization of napping research. Examples are given to illustrate how the Napping Company has used these principles to bridge the gap between napping science and nap behavior and policies in the workplace.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Occupational Health Services
  • Occupational Health*
  • Organizational Policy
  • Rest*
  • Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm / physiopathology
  • Sleep Disorders, Circadian Rhythm / prevention & control*
  • Sleep*
  • Wakefulness / physiology*
  • Work Schedule Tolerance*
  • Workplace / standards*