The Best Nap Spots on Campus

Sleep deprivation is a huge issue among university students. Because students have classes and activities at various times each morning and night and because there are periods where workloads are extremely high, a lot of students have erratic sleep schedules and often do not sleep enough hours per night.
A good night’s rest leads to a better functioning body and mind, and a lack thereof can lead to mental and physical health problems and poor grades (Biggs et al. 2015). Many students give up sleep in an attempt to excel in their classes, but in the long run this is a counter-productive method. Students who frequently lack a full night of rest have more trouble concentrating in class and retaining information, and therefore, tend to have lower averages in school (Biggs et al. 2015).
Sometimes sleeping at night just doesn’t happen. You get home late from a rehearsal, a sport’s game, or a concert and suddenly you realize you only have five hours until you have to be up to get to your 8am lecture. These are the moments when a handy-dandy nap comes to the rescue. Let’s go through 5 of the best places to get some good Z’s on UBC campus.

1 The Egg in the Nest

Pros: easy to access location to achieve optimal sleep between classes, couches you can (sort of) stretch out on
Cons: sometimes busy, mainstream nap spot

2 The Sauna

Pros: warm, peaceful
Cons: the benches are made of wood
Suggestions: listen to calming music, bring a jacket or two to lie on

3 Neville Scarfe Basement Lounge

Pros: relatively empty

Cons: the couches and chairs are only decent

4 Make a friend who lives on campus

Pros: an actual bed!

Cons: they have to be home when you need a nap

5 Bring a sleeping bag and nap anywhere

Pros: everywhere is a bed
Cons: bringing a sleeping bag
Biggs, S., Dollman, J., Lushington, K., Kennedy, D., Martin, J., & Wilson, A.(2015). Culture, extracurricular activity, sleep habits, and mental health: A comparison of senior high school asian-australian and caucasian-australian adolescents. International Journal of Mental Health, 44(1-2), 139-157. doi:10.1080/00207411.2015.1009788