Manchester University installs futuristic sleeping pods at library so students can catch up on sleep
Sleepy students in need of a power
nap can get their heads down in a new sleeping pod at Manchester
The pod has been installed as part of an informal
experiment into how napping can optimise the brain's ability to
learn and retain information.
Students in need of a boost can now clamber into the
sleeping pod for 20 minutes - the recommended nap time by experts.
The hi-tech chair will time how long a student naps for and
provides ambient music and lighting to help users relax.
Dr Simon Kyle, a lecturer in clinical and health
psychology at the university, said: "This is a very interesting
idea. Scientific investigations have documented that daytime
napping can reset the brain's learning potential, which may be
particularly important during the examination period."
"With our increasing 24/7 society and the further
erosion of night-time sleep opportunity, education on and
appreciation of sleep must be encouraged amongst the student
The university isn't the first organisation to trial
the napping pods.
Forward-thinking companies such as
Google have sleeping pods in their offices and in 2014 Michigan
University introduced napping stations to their
Our sleep expert, Dr. Nerina, is also a great
advocate of napping. She says: "A power nap is 10 to 20 minutes in
which you will be aware of thoughts, noises and sensations but at
the same time will be in a deep state of relaxation - not asleep
but not awake.
"The best time to power nap is during the day if you
start to feel sleepy or find yourself losing concentration. Many
people have a natural dip in energy levels around 3pm - making it
the ideal time for a power nap."
For further sleep tips, including information on
naps, visit our Sleep Toolkit