Sleeping is a sign of diligence in Japan, the country has accepted it
‘Sleeping’ is a natural phenomenon and of course everyone needs it except insomniacs. 8 hours of a sleep is usually referred as healthy sleep for a human body. In most countries, sleeping on the job is not only a major mistake but in fact, it may get you fired. But, there is a country where sleeping in your office hours are totally acceptable. Yes, we are talking about Japan. In Japan, napping in the office is common and culturally accepted and interestingly, Sleeping is a sign of diligence there. You must be working yourself to exhaustion. The word for this is referred to as “inemuri.”
It is often translated as “sleeping on duty,” but according to Dr. Brigitte Steger, a senior lecturer in Japanese studies at Downing College, Cambridge, who has written a book on this interesting topic, says it would be more accurate to render it as “sleeping while present.”
Inemuri is more present in ‘white-collar professions’
According to the Doctor Steger who herself written a book on this revealed something more interesting. She said that inemuri is most prevalent among more senior employees in white-collar professions. Junior employees tend to want to stay awake all day and be seen as energetic.
Dr. Steger said that both the genders are equally prone to inemuri, but women are more likely to be criticized for it, especially if they sleep in a position that is considered important.
Inemuri has been practiced in Japan for at least 1,000 years, and it is not restricted to the workplace. One can encounter people taking nap in department stores, cafes, restaurants or even a snug spot on a busy city sidewalk.A 2015 study found that 39.5 percent of Japanese adults slept less than six hours a night.
Trains are the best place to sleep
Yes, it has been observed that mostly people take naps while commuting in trains no matter how crowded; they often turn into bedrooms. According to several studies, inemuri is a single reason for lower crime rates. One reason public sleeping may be so common in Japan is because people get so little sleep at home.