Recent research shows that one in three people have some sort of sleep problem. Power naps became popular in the 1980s as an effective restorative power to catch up on sleep. Today, people have a hard time shutting down early and getting proper sleep.
Napping at work isn’t acceptable in the UK or in the U.S., But it is in Japan. The term they use is “inemuri” meaning “to be asleep while present.” Inemuri is thought of as a dedication and hard work to the job. It’s seen as exhaustion from working too hard and therefore praised.
Some Japanese even fake a nap to appear dedicated to the job. There are strict rules that are applied to inemuri. Only the higher ups and lower end workers in a company are allowed to partake in inemuri and they have to stay sitting up to appear to be still socially engaged.