Colleges Making it Easier for Students to Sleep

We’ve written many articles on SleepBetter about the relationship between sleep and learning.  Now, it appears universities are starting to take sleep deprived students seriously.

Two schools in England, Manchester University and the University of East Anglia, are the latest to install special areas for students to use solely for napping.  Manchester has added futuristic sleeping pods in its library that provide soothing music and lighting.  Students can use a pod for 20 minutes at a time to catch a few winks.  East Anglia, meanwhile, has added a room with bean bags, sofa beds, anti-microbial pillows, eye masks and blackout curtains.  Students can book a nook in the room for up to 40 minutes.

These two schools follow on the heels of several universities in the United States, including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Texas A&M, that have designed areas for students to catch 40 winks in between classes.

The idea behind these areas is that schools realize students need more sleep to learn efficiently.  They further realize that students may not have time to go back to their homes or dorm rooms to nap, and if they do it may mean they stay asleep and miss classes.

While a 20 minute nap is optimal, even six minutes of sleep can not only sharpen thinking, but improve memory, mood and mental flexibility.  A number of forward-thinking U.S. companies, including Google and Ben & Jerrys have installed sleeping pods or created spaces where employees can nap at work.

Check out this article on SleepBetter on how to take a nap, to get some tips on the best way to get the most from your rest.

Source: The Guardian