The University of Michigan’s Shapiro Undergraduate Library recently launched a pilot napping space. Sponsored by U-M Central Student Government (CSG), who worked with faculty researchers and the U-M Sleep Disorders Center, the napping station is intended to counter the negative effect of sleep deprivation on students’ academic work. Naps are limited to 30 minutes, and the space, which is in a well-trafficked area on the first floor of Shapiro, is equipped with vinyl cots, disinfecting wipes, disposable pillowcases, and lockers. The Library Journal reported that they 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. Check out an interview with Senior Supervisor for the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Steve Griffes on Michigan Radio talking about the pilot.
What do you think? Money well spent or waste of tuition dollars?