by: Robin Ngai
Napping is now an acceptable activity in libraries – at least, for students
attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The university launched a pilot
program for napping stations to be installed into their libraries for the
fall 2014 semester. According to Time, the rooms will be “first-come,
first-serve [places] with a 30-minute time limit on snoozing.” Students can take
a quick nap to refuel in between classes or before or after studying.
This invention of a napping station seems like an idea that should be
utilized by more college campuses around the nation. If you have ever walked
into Mugar the week of midterms or finals, at every corner you turn there are
always be a college student slumped over his or her laptop or backpack trying to
catch some extra Z’s.
With napping pods, students will be able to take a short nap and not risk
over-sleeping (and therefore missing that test or not studying enough) while
still being able to feel refreshed and continue studying.
The National Sleep Foundation lists tips and types of napping
styles on their website, which any college student would benefit from
In addition, a
new study has found that sleeping in is actually healthy for teens. The
American Academy of Pediatrics said that school districts should begin at 8:30
a.m. or later for middle and high school students.
Though we no longer fall into that category, it’s nice to see that sleeping
in may not be as bad for us as our parents think it is.
As an advocate for sleep, I’m happy to see that napping and sleeping in are
being seen in a positive light. Maybe before I graduate I’ll be able to nap
(without shame) in Mugar.
from: Daily Free Press