University of Michigan's undergraduate library adds a "napping station"

May 1, 2014

The first implemented napping station in Shapiro Undergraduate Library
The first implemented napping station in Shapiro Undergraduate Library
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For those students studying in the University of Michigan's Shapiro Undergraduate Library, relief is not far away.

The Central Student Government has implemented its first napping station.

The idea is geared toward those who are studying hard for tests but live too far from the library to run home for a quick nap. It was pitched to CSG by engineering junior Adrian Bazbaz, who was interviewed for an article in the Michigan Daily

"The purpose for all of this is first to offer people who are tired a space where they can actually go and rest, and the second part is to really raise awareness of how sleep deprivation has such a negative impact on health overall," said Bazbaz.

The rules, as listed on the sign outside of the napping station, indicate that naps should be limited to 30 minutes or less, as well as safety and sanitation guides for using the station. There are lockers for the napper's belongings, as well as wipes and fresh pillowcases to keep the space clean. 

The napping station is currently in its trial phase, but plans are in the works to implement another station in North Campus's Duderstat Center. 

As evidenced by this finals-week tweet, the cots in the napping station make a good alternative to sleeping on tables. 

Senior supervisor for the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Steve Griffes, joined us on Stateside.

*Listen to the full interview above. 

–Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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