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 University.
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 population."
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 libraries.
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