University Of Michigan Opens Napping Stations In Campus Library


via University Of Michigan Opens Napping Stations In Campus Library.

On the surface, college libraries are designated as a place to study, check out books and use the computer. Students know them better as large buildings where they take naps.

The University of Michigan is making their libraries official as the home for naps with their new napping stations. The first station was open just in time for final exams with cots and pillows. According to the Michigan Daily, organizers are working to establish lockers so people can keep their belongings safe during their snoozes.

Library Journal explains how the university’s library was chosen:

Like the library’s recent switch to 24/7 service during the school year, the nap station was an idea proposed by students. Central Student Government (CSG) representatives started by surveying over 4,000 students, finding out what they valued most in a potential designated nap space, and found that the top priorities were proximity to study areas and classes, making the library a natural partner. CSG also brought in the expertise of UM professor and sleep researcher Shelley Hershner, M.D., who helped make the case that improving student sleep habits, even in such a small way as providing a designated space to nap, could benefit student health and performance.

Advocates for the nap space hope it will serve as a way to educate students about the health dangers posed by pulling all-nighters or consistently operating on too little sleep. “We want to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of sleep deprivation on student health,” said CSG representative Adrian Bazbaz. “We take a lot of precaution over alcohol abuse, drug abuse, depression, but we haven’t tried to tackle this health issue on campus before.”

There are a few rules, like a 30 minute limit and that all cots must be wiped down after use. If you’re sick, please stay away.

UM joins the University of Colorado at Boulder, which opened a napping spot on campus several years ago. Students proposed the idea at Harvard University in 2013.



New app shuffles thoughts to summon sleep

New app shuffles thoughts to summon sleep – Public Affairs and Media Relations – Simon Fraser University.

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If counting sheep can’t help you sleep, you could try thinking of an elephant, French toast and scuba diving.

Simon Fraser University researcher Luc Beaudoin has created mySleepButton, a first-of-its-kind app that harnesses the power of the imagination to help users nod off.

Distributed by Apple as a free iTunes download, the app incorporates concepts from cognitive science, a multidisciplinary study of the mind and its processes. It works by preventing sleep-interfering thoughts and activating a mechanism that could help trigger sleep.

Based on the “cognitive shuffle” technique developed by Beaudoin, an SFU adjunct education professor, the app works by prompting users to imagine various objects or scenes in rapid succession.


Nightmares, Insomnia, Depression

Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression | Dr. Michael J. Breus.

Posted: 05/14/2014 8:03 am EDT Updated: 05/14/2014 8:59 am EDT

Nightmares can cause difficulty both to sleep and to our waking lives. Intense and distressing dreams often lead to waking at night and can create anxiety about returning to sleep. Nightmares also can have an impact on our moods the next morning, bringing anxiety and difficult emotions into the waking day. New research suggests that nightmares also have an aggravating effect on symptoms of depression, and in combination with insomnia may significantly exacerbate the severity of the mood disorder.

Researchers at Japan’s Tokyo Medical University investigated the influence of nightmares on depression, both independently and in conjunction with insomnia. They found the presence of nightmares associated with aggravating effects on depression. They also learned that the joint presence of insomnia with nightmares had a significant effect on the severity of depression.