Students at Edinburgh University have voted in favour of installing ‘nap pods’ in an effort to beat sleep deprivation. The pods, which cost up to £10,000, each provide a specially designed aircraft-style bed and users can ‘screen out’ surrounding sound by playing relaxing music through a large-scale helmet and rotating visor.
A student-led think-tank in Edinburgh concluded that the devices would boost satisfaction levels at the university and 84 per cent of students backed the proposal. “The idea behind it is that sleep deprivation is one of the main causes of mental health problems,” said think-tank’s research director, Priyanka Radhakrishnan. “This is an initiative to tackle that problem, promoting the idea of napping and having students take around 40-minute breaks throughout the day to make sure their mental and physical wellbeing is on top point.”
“Nap pods” are used in some American universities and by Google in London. But there is disagreement over their effectiveness. The first UK student “nap pod” was introduced by Manchester University in 2014. Librarian Mark Fossey said that since installation it has been well-used. He said: “The pod enables people to take time out, refresh and go back to their studies.