Looking for naps in all the right places


By Kirby Kaufman, Contributor

Remember when you partied with your friends Mercutio and Benvolio?

    Okay, maybe that was the time you fell asleep reading Act III of Romeo and Juliet for literature class, but that’s beside the point.

    There are plenty of places on UNO’s campus that better suit the yearning dreamer than Shakespeare 101. Nap spots around campus range from dimly-lit and quiet to extraordinarily loud and obnoxious, so it’s important to know when and where to go.

    The first of these nap spots are the Criss Library couches. This spot is ideal for the food and coffee deprived too, so don’t forget to stop by the café inside the library to satisfy your post napping needs.

    Next is the Pep Bowl, located just south of the Gene Eppley Administration building. Excluding the harsh months of winter, it’s hard to find a day when there isn’t someone napping on the Pep Bowl’s grassy hillside. However, it’s important to note that people do more than nap in the Pep Bowl. Keep that in mind next time you’re looking for a nap because it’s possible you’ll get smacked in the face with the occasional flying disc or football.

    If napping outside isn’t your cup of tea, the next spot is probably the most important: the couches inside the Milo Bail Student Center. The student center was most likely made with napping in mind. Even after its remodeling in 2010, the comfortable furniture was left intact.

    For UNO freshman Kelcee Matousek, the concept of napping on campus may take some getting used to. Some students, she said, do not live on campus and, for this reason, do not want to drive home to take a nap in between classes.

    “I feel as if it’s a little bit indecent to others,” said Matousek, 18. “If you’re going to sleep, do it in an appropriate place.”

    Sleeping on campus is beginning to be encouraged more at universities around the country. Many are adopting “nap maps,” which inform students of the best places to sleep on campus.

    Some universities go as far as providing students with “nap kits,” which can include earplugs, an eye mask and a tip card pointing to additional online resources.

    At the University of California Davis, the “nap movement,” as it’s called, has a simple focus – power nap at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. The idea is to recharge one’s energy and have enough fuel to grind out the rest of the day.

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, it’s recommended that the average person sleep at least nine hours per night.

    Power naps, which are typically 20 to 30 minutes in length, are intended to revitalize the body.  Too long of a nap can disrupt your natural circadian rhythms or your body’s internal clock. Nevertheless, it’s different for every person, according to the Foundation, and it’s important to remember that each individual should get as much sleep as their body needs.