We’ve all done it. Either slept in O’Neill, cozied up on the new Stokes couches, or dozed off in Bapst. Apparently, Harvard students have faced the same problem: sleep deprivation. Except at Harvard the administration’s reaction has been to seriously consider installing a nap room.
It all started when Harvard sophomore Yuqi Hou started an online petition to install a nap room on campus, which surprisingly received more than 191 “yes” votes. Hou argued that students were being deprived of sleep daily and “going back to the dorm to nap is not time-effective.” The petition has made its way to the Dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds, who for now is taking it under consideration.
However, Harvard isn’t the only higher institution on board with this idea. The University of Colorado at Boulder installed a “Siesta Room” in 2009, and schools such as University of California-Davis, the University of Texas, and even Boston College have made “nap maps” that tell students the best places to get some Zs on campus.
The question remains, what does this mean for BC? It would be easy to assume that this would have its fair share of support from a number of students.
Freshman Andrew Muntean says, “It would be great for students who live on Newton or off campus. I’d love to have one. Or at lease some proper couches around.” But while most students would probably be in favor of a nap room, there are certain practicalities to be dealt with. Some students would not want a nap room because they “want to sleep in [their] comfy clothes and wouldn’t want to sleep where other people just slept.”
One sophomore, who wished to remain anonymous said, “I don’t want to go to a place where other people are napping to nap. Do that in the confines of your own room. The time you spend going to the nap room could be spent napping, and that’s a waste of precious sleeping time. It better be a sanitary room. Also why spend money on a nap room when you could afford elevators made out of gold?”
While the cost of a nap room wouldn’t exactly equal that of the gold elevators, it does bring up a valid point. Installing a nap room would certainly be expensive. For Harvard, who has an endowment of roughly 30 billion dollars, a nap room is a real possibility. With space limited as it is, it would be difficult for BC to find a place to insert a nap room, since it would presumably have to be located on the already developed middle campus to accommodate all students.