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College to students: Take a nap!

June 13, 2011 by Jacob Hawley
Posted in: Academics, In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life

Here’s what one school’s doing to encourage a well-rested – and more academically alert – student body. 

Students should never sleep through class – but a quick siesta before or after can definitely help. That’s the view of the University of California at Davis, which has been running a campaign encouraging napping to boost academic performance.

Sleep research consistently shows that 20-30 minute naps – especially between 10 to 11 in the morning or 2 to 4 in the afternoon – result in include increased productivity and concentration. For students, that translates into better academic performance.

Key to the campaign is the “nap map,” an online directory of prime napping spots on campus. Health educators have several other strategies to encourage micro-sleep among the student body, including:

  • Advertising with fliers and plugs in the student newspaper
  • Promoting napping during National Sleep Awareness Week, and
  • Handing out “nap kits” that come with earplugs, an eye mask and a tip card with additional web resources.

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