Most college students value sleep, but because they are often pulling all-nighters, hurriedly writing forgotten essays or just hanging out with friends until the early hours of the morning, they don’t often get the rest they need. This lack of sleep makes students long for the days when naptime was a scheduled part of the day.
To combat this sleep deprivation, students are making sure that they get some Z’s throughout the day, through 30-minute nap breaks between classes, catching a few winks in their vehicles, or skipping meal times to catch up on rest. If only there was a class you could sign up for that condoned sleeping and gave you credit for doing so.
Sleep has become essential to the average college student, but it is costly. Carving out time for a quick nap has almost become a game. When can I nap? Where can I nap? How long can I nap? But seriously, if you don’t have a list of the most comfortable spots on campus to sleep, are you even playing the game right?
One of the biggest fears in the napping world is over-sleeping. It isn’t the same as turning your alarm off for your 8 a.m. class and accidentally rolling back over and missing it completely. No, sleeping too long during your nap is a different kind of terror that everyone knows about. You wake up from a deep sleep in a dazed-and-confused state. Was that ten minutes or ten hours?
But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this. Freshman who have not yet mastered the art of napping should take notes. If you know you are going to be up late cramming for a test, plan ahead for your nap. Even if it’s a small cat nap, anything will help to keep you running until the end of your day.
Another great tip is to set multiple alarms. When you’re in such a deep sleep for such a short period of time, it’s easy to confuse your alarm for something in your dream. And you don’t want to miss reciting the speech you prepared all night for.
It is also important to not sleep in your bed. It’s so temping to do this because it’s comfy and it’s yours. But it’s a trap. This is where you’re used to sleeping for long periods of time. Just skip the routine all together and opt for the couch or even the floor (if it’s carpeted, of course).
Naps are a privilege, so don’t take advantage of them. Follow these rules and guidelines so that your social and academic life can continue to thrive on an average of four hours of sleep a night.