Naps improve mood, alterness and performance. Need any more than that for justificaion to slip away after lunch and catch some shut eye? I for one love a good nap. I only need about 20-30 minutes, a few REM cycles and I'm back in the game. I confess as a leader I was too overcome with guilt and pride to take a 20-30 min snooze. My soldiers were working hard so what made me deserving of a break? I’d still feel too guilty if I returned to service today but the science behind the benefit of REM sleep is undeniable. I do know I am far more effective after a nap. Perhaps I could have made wiser decisions for my organization had I overcome my pride and balled up with my Army woobie for a few moments. Some leaders and organizations have cracked this simple yet important code and I’m confident that they reap the benefits. Are you brave enought to overcome the guilt I felt? It is hard, I know but forming a culture which embraces this short yet imporant period of recharging can make all the difference! Consider it in your organization.