Buffalo State Professor to Study Productivity of Nap Time

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM EDT

By Dan Miner, Reporter- Business First

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Buffalo State Professor to Study Productivity of Nap Time

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM EDT

Sleeping in classes still won't be allowed, but between them?

Members of the SUNY Buffalo State community just might have that chance.

Professor Mike Fox is embarking on a study that will tie power naps to the workplace, against the context of other studies that have shown Americans aren't getting enough sleep.

"What the research is showing is that there is a shortage of sleep and that the sleep deficit is reducing worker productivity," Fox said. "It's costing the U.S. economy a lot of money."

Fox's study will have a slightly different focus - the everyday creativity that professionals employ to do their jobs. And it comes at a serendipitous time: Fox recently entered a Dove Men+Care context and won a "luxury napping pod."

The pod will be placed in the Center for Creative Studies offices in Chase Hall at Buffalo State. It will be available for faculty use and for Fox's study.

It will take between four and eight months to set up a research agenda for the study for the study and two years total to identify participants, hone the research methods, do the study and then publish the results.

"Employers are looking for ways to remain competitive in an increasingly complex environment where change is assured," Fox said. " Creativity can be one of the answers because it allows the worker, the business owner, whomever it may be to develop solutions and ideas."

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