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Generally speaking, is it acceptable to take a nap or rest (involving closing eyes) after lunch in software/technology companies in US (if it matters, in places on the two coasts, such as NYC, Bay areas in CA )?
If yes, how long is it acceptable to take a nap or rest? Half an hour?
The reason I mentioned US is because there are significant differences between different countries or cultures in the world. In some countries, taking a 3 hour break at noon for lunch and a nap is a norm.
There might even be significant differences between companies in US. I am asking about the consensus, and general/most cases, in particular when a company doesn't have explicit rules on the matter.
The book Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Hanson Lasater suggested quite some restorative yoga poses to perform in office when feeling tired/sleepy. The following are simple poses:
put your arms on your desk and rest your head in your arms, or
lie back in a couch in a common area, and close your eyes,
find an empty room such as an auditorium inside a company, sit there and close eyes.
There are more exaggerating poses than the above three simple ones, but not as exaggerating as regular yoga poses. They generally involve closing eyes and look like taking a rest or nap in various postures.
But I heard of a story that an intern in a software/technology company in NYC was filed a compliant against by someone unknown to HR for taking a post-lunch nap using either of the three above approaches. The intern was never reached formally for that matter any way.
If taking a nap is frowned upon or might risk being reported to HR by coworkers or managers,
is closing eyes for 10 to 15 mins while sitting in one's own seat okay?
how, where and when would you suggest to take a rest, without taking in caffeine and other unhealthy substances, if really feeling sleepy?
How would you reduce the chance and time of feeling sleepy in office, without taking unhealthy substances?