Bring Back Nap Time: An Argument for Some Sleep
Imagine if WCC had a meditation and nap room, with sleep pods in one corner and prayer rugs, yoga mats and meditation cushions in the other. A bookshelf with meditation books, qurans, torahs, bibles, Vedas, and Tripitakas and the different prayer or meditation beads side by side.
Although meditation and deep prayer has an emotional and spiritual benefit for people, napping is a health practice that anyone can do without any affiliation to a belief.
As far as helping with productivity, there are a slew studies that have shown that naps boost alertness, creativity, mood, and productivity.
A Harvard study published in 2008 showed that a 45-minute nap improves learning and memory.
“What’s amazing is that in a 90-minute nap, you can get the same [learning] benefits as an eight-hour sleep period,” said Sara Mednick, PhD, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside.
What was once seen as a sign of bad health and laziness actually has proven to be quite the opposite improving productivity and health. That’s why companies like Uber, Google, Zappos, Ben and Jerry’s and others have nap rooms in their headquarters.
Being a New Yorker, the thought of a nap area sounds counterproductive and unrealistic in our fast-paced lives. Maybe that is one of the reasons why a majority of WCC students don’t know that there is a meditation room on the second floor of the library.
For me, it is encouraged in my faith, Islam, to nap because the prophet Muhammad did. From experience, when concentration is lost, mindful prayer, meditation and naps have always left me feeling awake, refreshed and motivated, like a new start to my day.
With hustling being imbedded in our culture, naps, meditation or prayer sounds like just another excuse to get out of working hard. But some of the brightest are known to nap. According to The Huffington Post, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci, Winston Churchill, Salvador Dali, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were nappers.
“Some people have long gaps between classes and could use a place to rest,” said Brianna Wisniewski, a WCC nursing student.
This is definitely something to consider especially because the American Psychology Association has labeled “Millennials [as the] most stressed demographic.”
When asked to rank stress from 1-10, 10 being the worst, Millennials led the stress parade, with a 5.4 average. Baby boomers registered 4.7, and the group study labeled the “Matures” gave themselves a 3.7.
A 2014 American College Health Association(ACHA) assessment found that anxiety regularly affects 61% of college students.
The APA reports that 12% of millennials have a diagnosed anxiety disorder—almost twice the percentage of Boomers.
As stressed as Millennials are, there seems to be no better time to focus on bringing a Nap room to life. With word of future renovation to the Student Center, this unrealistic idea might be possible and should be something to consider. To have a nap room or bigger meditation room would give students a more relaxed area. With counseling on the second floor, there is no better place to have a nap and meditation room than in the Student Center.
Until then, our resources are the meditation room, which is pretty small, or the nurse’s office.