prophylactic nap
n. A daytime nap taken to prevent tiredness later in the day.
prophylactic napping pp.

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Dr. David Dinges, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, is a strong advocate of prophylactic napping—taking what he and others call a “power nap” during the day to head off the cumulative effects of sleep loss.
—Jane Brody, “New Respect for the Nap, A Pause That Refreshes,” The New York Times, January 4, 2000

Daytime napping can also help repay a sleep debt, and some experts even suggest that a two-hour “prophylactic nap” early in a long, planned period of sleep deprivation can help maintain productivity.
— Science Q and A,“ The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), August 2, 1997

Earliest Citation:
“To search for effective strategies, such as napping, that permit work while minimizing the effects of sleepiness is consistent with good planning and management.” Not only that, but once an employee has decided he needs to doze, it will be best for everyone if he puts his head down as soon as possible.

This the researchers call a prophylactic nap. Be prophylactic, they say. Delay your doze and productivity will plummet.
—Peter Cook, “ Work efficiently! Fall asleep on the job!,” The Globe and Mail (Canada), August 15, 1988

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