Caught napping

In a city that never sleeps, Hongkongers have to nap where and while they may. Don't miss tomorrow's Health Post for a special report on sleep deprivation, our most popular self-inflicted torture.

Monday, 6 June, 2011, 12:00am

Should students be allowed a nap after lunch?

Elaine Yu Yee-nee, 15, Creative Secondary School

We're not kindergarten students; we don't need to take a nap after lunch. We just need to get adequate sleep at night. Sleeping after lunch is a waste of precious learning time.

Imagine if all students took a nap after lunch. After 20 minutes' sleep, they wouldn't want to go back to class.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Knowledge is only part of the answer

Knowledge is important in life, but there are more important things than knowledge - wisdom for instance, or kindness and forgiveness. If you think you are successful just because you have high marks or are smart, you are mistaken. Not every successful person has a lot of knowledge.

17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Little DJs spin one more way past bedtime

One wonders if any laws regarding child labour or letting minors into a licensed establishment were broken on Saturday night, when young DJs Sara and Ryusei Kishimoto did their thing on the turntables at a much-hyped event at Dragon-i. The kids from Osaka scratched and mixed together for a set that began at 1am as the crowd went wild.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Dead tired

New York is described as 'the city that never sleeps', but now that isn't just a cute phrase. City residents are, by all accounts, getting up earlier and getting less sleep. It is becoming increasingly easy to find a 24-hour chemist, a coffee shop that opens at 5.30am, an early morning TV news show, or even a technology expert to come out at 3am to fix your computer.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Do not disturb

Try as I might, guilt always envelops me when I awake in the office after a nap. Slumped in my chair before my computer, chin on my chest, at first I wonder where I am. Then, as reality dawns, I hope that the boss did not walk by, no phone calls were missed and - most importantly - that I was not snoring too loudly.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Should employees be allowed to take a nap at work?

Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College

No doubt, taking a nap can revive our energy and increase productivity but everyone has a different mental clock. The naps are arranged during a fixed period of the day in mainland companies. What if I'm not sleepy at the time? Yes, I can still relax and do other things, but the effect would not be so obvious.

30 May 2005 - 12:00am

Sleep pods take power naps to a new dimension

In work-conscious Hong Kong, it's the ultimate no-no that's on a par with back-stabbing your colleagues and worse than cheating on your taxes.

I am talking about power-napping - 20 minutes of shut-eye in the middle of the day to allow the brain and body to recharge.

13 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Dreamy days

It is pretty common in Japan's big cities to see people taking lunchtime naps. Businesspeople snooze on park benches while others grab 40 winks on the subway, and some nod off at their desks after lunch. Taxi drivers, meanwhile, can be found dozing in the afternoons in their cabs parked on side roads.

12 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Like peace in a pod? Here's how

Slave-driving bosses of Hong Kong beware: la siesta has arrived.

The workaholic city will begin to play catch-up with the rest of the world in 'power napping' when a property company next month takes delivery of three specially designed daytime sleeping pods.

15 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

A bunch of softies

The murder rate may be a fraction of what it was, gentrification may have set in across neighbourhoods that were once best avoided, and September 11 may have shown that New York's inhabitants do possess a gentler side. Yet, the city retains an image as hard-driven and unforgiving. But that may be about to change, thanks to some new services on offer.

31 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Beginners guide to artful dodging and wily wasting

Chief executives do it, middle managers do it, even government secretaries do it.

Wasting time at work is an art form.

The secret is to steadily chip away at the hours of your working day.

Disappearing for hours on end will only get you caught and fired.

Practitioners find ways to eat up the time but still appear productive.

19 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Naps come first

BANGKOK: The Laotian fondness for midday naps has impeded the establishment of the first 24-hour crossing on the Thai-Laotian border. The governor of Thailand's Nong Khai province said he was ready to open the border town of Tha Sadet to around-the-clock traffic, but Laotian immigration officials insisted on napping from 11 am to 2 pm.

14 Jan 1993 - 12:00am