Although sleeping at work has long been frowned upon for federal employees, it had never been explicitly banned until now, reports the BBC.

“All persons are prohibited from sleeping in federal buildings, except when such activity is expressly authorized by an agency official,” said a directive ordered by the General Services Administration earlier this month.

It’s unclear what prompted the official directive – they refused to comment – but it’s not the first time a government has had to crack down on workers’ snoozing.

In 2018, the California State Auditor’s Office released a report on a Department of Motor Vehicles worker who slept up to three hours a day. The report estimated the worker’s naps cost the state $40,000 (£31,000) in lost productivity over four years.

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