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You Snooze, You Lose . . . Your Tiredness

June 01, 1997

Thank you for your article on the importance of napping during the workday ("Sleeping at the Job Soon May Be a Perk," May 22). For many years, I have made it a regular part of my routine to stop work around 4:30 or 5 p.m. and take a 30-minute snooze--with the phone unplugged and the answering machine on.

While it's true that working from home makes it easier (and, alas, reconfirms the stereotypical notion that those of us who work at home take sneaky breaks), I find it strange that living in a warm climate as we do in Southern California, a siesta isn't a mandatory part of the workday.

In most other warm climates, no one frowns at the notion, and from my experience, I am way more productive and creative as a result of my little afternoon nap. It would be nice if--as your article mentions--this concept could become part of the corporate culture, especially here in L.A.

DAVID NATHAN

Los Angeles

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