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Smart Building Management System Combats Office Drowsiness

New studies into common afternoon drowsiness experienced by office workers have created an opportunity for the smart building industry to tackle the issue. While most experts agree that mid-afternoon is a perfectly natural time to sleep, the office environment simultaneously adds additional drowsiness drivers and a sleep-impeding atmosphere. This universal workplace phenomenon, known as the "post-lunch dip", represents a collision of biology and economics. While the body’s natural cycle may encourage workers sleep, employers traditionally do not, leading to millions of us reaching for the “post-lunch caffeine and sugar”. The 24-hour cycle of the body, or its circadian rhythm, is naturally in a resting phase approximately 7 hours after waking up. So in the afternoon, it happens to converge with another physiological cycle - known as homeostatic - that measures the amount of time spent awake and that is also pushing for a rest. Then add food digestion to the equation and you can see […]

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