"Wake up, America, sleeping at work . . . works!" ‚ÄĒMike Leonard, NBC Today

The Art of Napping at Work
The no-cost, natural way to increase productivity and satisfaction
by William A. Anthony & Camille W. Anthony


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128 pages, 12 whimsical cartoons

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“The Anthonys’ book put me to sleep with a smile on my face and a clear conscience. Before reading The Art of Napping at Work, I was afraid to admit that some of my most creative thoughts come after a midday slumber. Now I feel vindicated. Wake up, America, sleeping at work . . . works!” --Mike Leonard, NBC Today

Bill Anthony's 1997 popular sleeper, The Art of Napping, was a whimsical, playful look at napping in our culture—with sections on famous nappers, a glossary of napping words, and a strategy for creating napping pride. But only two pages were specifically devoted to workplace napping. After its publication, dozens of radio, TV, and print interviewers asked Bill specifically about workplace napping. The media interest stimulated Bill to examine and research this business trend in great detail.

Napping secretly at the workplace is here. Napping openly with the employer's permission is a coming trend—and The Art of Napping at Work is helping to lead that trend.

It's amazing how much “napping guru” Bill Anthony gets done between satisfying snoozes! Here he and wife Camille join forces to show why so many smart businesspeople are laying down at the job: to enhance creativity, productivity, and the bottom line at work—PLUS have energy left for themselves and families when they get home.

Bill and Camille Anthony have been featured in national media, including Today, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. They live and practice what they preach in Reading, Massachusetts, where Camille is a fiscal consultant and Bill is a professor at Boston University. Let them show you how to allay bosses' concerns and workers' fears about the easiest cure for the fatigue epidemic.

See “Excerpts & Info” on this page for more about them and enthusiastic praise of their books.

Table of Contents


  1. Workplace Napping—An Idea Whose Time Has Come
  2. Napping and a Productive Work Force
  3. Overcoming Attitudinal Barriers
  4. Overcoming Environmental Barriers
  5. Favorite Workplace Napping Places
  6. A Workplace Napping Primer
  7. Developing a Napping Policy—It's Easier than You Think
  8. The Future of Workplace Napping

Review highlights

“The Anthonys' book put me to sleep with a smile on my face and a clear conscience. Before reading The Art of Napping at Work, I was afraid to admit that some of my most creative thoughts come after a midday slumber.  Now I feel vindicated. Wake up America, sleeping at work . . . works!” —Mike Leonard, NBC Today


“Businesses who ignore the financial and health benefits of napping at work are asleep at the switch. Following Bill and Camille Anthony's advice will lead to greater productivity, increased job satisfaction, and better health—win-win situations for everyone.” —Dr. James B. Maas, author of New York Times bestseller Power Sleep

The Art of Napping at Work discusses real-life corporate challenges as well as the benefits that napping brings. We have experienced an increase in productivity and seen less human error as a result of our nap room, and are proud to be a part of this forward-thinking movement. —David M. Johnson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting, Pittsburgh


Praise for Bill Anthony and The Art of Napping:

“There is in fact a magic bullet for life. It's called a daily nap. Read all about it here in this very funny book and change your life. Sorry, got to run. It's time for my nap!”
—Jim Lehrer, The NewsHour

The Art of Napping has changed me from a secret napper to an outgoing, up-front napper. . . . After reading Bill Anthony's book, I nap with confidence and pride in my expertise at doing it.” —Andy Rooney, Tribune Media Services

“Wake up and read this. Then you can nap.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Anthony has become the nation's favorite wakeup call because sleep-deprived Americans are tired of being tired.” —Sacramento Bee

The Art of Napping: Tired? Overworked? Stressed out? Try this ancient, no-cost, no-sweat route to health and happiness.” —Yoga Journal

The Art of Napping is a great hit around the office. This little book covers everything from nap management to the great nappers of history.” —Prevention magazine

“After reading The Art of Napping, Craig Yarde decided to integrate a nap room into the blueprints for his new corporate headquarters.” —U.S. News & World Report

“Napping on the job is nothing to yawn about.” Toronto Star

“A new American hero has emerged. He's Boston University professor William Anthony . . . “Bridgeport Connecticut Valley Sentinel

“The world's preeminent nap expert, Boston University's William Anthony . . . —Boston Business Journal

“Anthony is a consummate napper.” —Associated Press

“William Anthony is one professor who is likely to be understanding when students fall asleep during his lectures.” —The New York Times

About the authors

Camille Anthony is a former fiscal manager and business instructor, a successful local politician, a financial consultant, and perhaps the quintessential workplace napper. Her very public endorsement of workplace napping has resulted in her being filmed napping by the Today show and Good Morning America Sunday. In addition, Camille was recently interviewed by Self Magazine, CNN, and local radio and newspapers for information and personal accounts concerning the issue of napping at the workplace.

When Bill Anthony is not napping or writing about napping, he spends his waking hours as a professor at Boston University, where he is Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In addition to The Art of Napping, he has at least another forty publications, has won several awards (including the Outstanding Psychologist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) and makes presentations throughout the world.