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Japan wakes up to the benefits of napping on the job

Sleep cafes prove a hit as companies encourage workers to grab 40 winks

Customers at Nestle Japan's Suimin Cafe are provided with a partitioned space to doze in and a cup of coffee before they go to sleep to help them wake feeling refreshed 30 minutes later.

TOKYO -- As summer approaches and the nights grow warmer, sleep can be hard to come by. As Japanese companies look for new ways to improve productivity, and groggy workers aim for a better quality of life, they have hit upon a common-sense solution: midday catnaps.

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