Wanted: A Nap Commission

During the nights following 9/11, many Americans (particularly women) had trouble sleeping. Among those who reported an inability to sleep through the night, 71 percent attributed the problem to stress or anxiety. Fear, depression, and bad dreams were other reasons cited, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
One of the perks of being a morning show anchor, is that you actually get an office with a door -- a door you can shut. And at times get a little shut-eye. Unfortunately the office snooze is becoming a global anachronism.

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There's news that in Asia, at a global foundry company, a coveted and well respected employee was actually canned for napping on the job, that, despite glowing evidence that counting a few sheep during the day can make you a more productive worker.

As the time demands of competing globally mount, and office doors give way to open air cubicles, the sweet milk and cookie kindergarten moment of putting one's head on the desk, is vanishing with megabyte speed.

Years ago there was a Knapp commission, spelled K-N-A-P-P. Judge Whitman Knapp, probed New York City police corruption and the undercover exploits of one honest cop, Frank Serpico.

Today, I think it's time for a second nap commission -- only this time spelled N-A-P. The idea came to me while napping, of course. And while the goals of broad issues like world peace and homeland security may seem elusive, a united nations of napping, may be just the ticket, to allow workers from Maine to Malaysia to simply close their eyes, and count lobsters or llamas. This probably won't solve all our problems, but at least when we wake up we'll remember what they were.

By Harry Smith