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Shh...Harvard’s Elite Are Sleeping


February 26, 2013
by Suada Kolovic
We’ve all been there: Going about our day as if we don’t have a care in the world when it dawns on us that (go figure) that term paper on the pros and cons of procrastination in the creative process is due tomorrow. Panicked, we consider emailing our professor an excuse about a death in the family but given we killed off Nana (who’s actually alive and well back home) last semester during finals week, we decide it’s best to pull an all-nighter. The next day, we’re irritable, unmotivated and just plain sluggish and while the simple solution is to overcome procrastination and not leave an assignment until the last minute, a Harvard student has suggested a different approach: a nap room on campus.

We’ve all been there: Going about our day as if we don’t have a care in the world when it dawns on us that (go figure) that term paper on the pros and cons of procrastination in the creative process is due tomorrow. Panicked, we consider emailing our professor an excuse about a death in the family but given we killed off Nana (who’s actually alive and well back home) last semester during finals week, we decide it’s best to pull an all-nighter. The next day, we’re irritable, unmotivated and just plain sluggish and while the simple solution is to overcome procrastination and not leave an assignment until the last minute, a Harvard student has suggested a different approach: a nap room on campus.

The Harvard administration is considering creating a designated nap room after sophomore Yugi Hou started an online petition. “Most students operate daily on a sleep deficit, to the detriment of their health and productivity,” said Hou. “For those getting insufficient sleep at night, naps can provide alertness and help students take a break from their hectic schedules.” Hou started the online petition through the Harvard Undergraduate Council’s “We the Crimson” initiative, which is meant to foster direct dialogue between students and school administrators. Each month, the three petitions with the most votes are sent to the Dean of Harvard College for review. Harvard administrators have yet to make a decision on the initiative but Hou has said that until a siesta center is set up on campus, she plans on creating a “nap map” to help plot the best spots for students to nod off on campus.

If you’re a fan of napping between classes, do you think it’s your university’s responsibility to provide nap rooms for students? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Ellie W  on  3/5/2013 10:30:34 PM commented:

I think that nap time is a great idea for students, especially those who are night owls, but most students live in a dorm and have the ability to take a nap in their own rooms, so I support the concept but question the need for a separate sleeping area.

Gabriela V  on  3/2/2013 4:26:25 PM commented:

It is very difficult to go through the day from early sunrise till late afternoon, and every more when its a daily routine. Having a chance to nap can stimulate the mind and give it a chance to go over the information given the class before, if the university wants to see any improvement in attendance or performance a nap room is just want the student requires.

abanoub r  on  2/28/2013 8:30:43 AM commented:

providing sleeping room is costly. But at least sleeping anywhere in college property shouldn't be forbidden. and provide quit area where student can bring a sleeping blanket.

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