Feeling a little groggy in the morning? If you are an American, you are not alone. Almost 20 percent of Americans suffer from chronic “excessive sleepiness.”

So says a study from Stanford University. Another 17 percent in the study said they had trouble staying awake and alert on the job. Could a virtual office help?

"The prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness is very high in the American population, much higher than what we observed in the European population," says Dr. Maurice Ohayon, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and lead investigator of the new study. "Insufficient sleep is plaguing the American population and is one of the leading factors for excessive daytime sleepiness."

OK, so how could a virtual office help this problem of excessive sleepiness? I see a couple of ways.

A virtual office slashes your commute time. Instead of rising an hour earlier to get to work, then, you have two options: use that extra hour to rest or rise at your normal time and render more productivity in your day.

Another way a virtual office can help the sleepiness factor is by making it more convenient to take an afternoon nap. When you work from home and use virtual office technologies, you can set your phone service to hold calls or ask your virtual receptionist to take a message. No one needs to know you are taking a cat nap and you’ll wake up refreshed—and more productive.

A virtual office won’t help so much if you are a night owl who has to rise early to meet work commitments. But it can help in some practical ways. Whether you are doing business in New York, the city that never sleeps, or Miami, where many take an afternoon siesta, a virtual office can give you more flexibility with your work schedule.

Check out this quick video on sleep myths and get your sleep facts straight.