How many of us have been tempted to nod off during the odd lecture?
Well now Teesside University Students’ Union has introduced a ‘Snooze Room’ to the campus giving you 45 minutes to have 40 winks.
This is the first in the North-East, and only the second in the UK, to give the students a space to catch up with their sleep in between lectures and seminars free of charge.
The room includes lockers so that students’ belongings are safe and secure.
Ear plugs and eye masks available to block out any disturbances.
Ear plugs and eye masks are also available for students so that they can have a better quality nap.
The Snooze room is a safe space where tired students can have a nap to reduce the effects of sleep deprivation.
Manon Goetschel, Vice-President of Welfare at the Students’ Union, who is leading on the project, said: “The snooze room is supposed to help the students’ mental health and memory.”
“When you snooze for about thirty minutes your brain cells basically reconstruct each other, so that when you then go to your next seminar or work on any sort of project, you’re more attentive to work, retain more information and your brain feels a bit more relaxed and focussed.
Manon Goetschel, vice-president of welfare at the Students’ Union, who is leading on the project outside the female Snooze Room.
“Not only do students have a lot of studying to do, some sustain part-time jobs to afford their education.
“Many spend hours in the library trying to achieve their deadlines and they’re not getting a good night’s sleep; The Snooze Room is another way to help students and their well-being.”
Research shows that lack of sleep affects mood, and a depressed mood can lead to lack of sleep.
To combat this vicious cycle, sleep experts recommend that students prioritise sleep which is hard if students have a deadline to meet; this is where The Snooze Room comes in and saves the students.
Two of the sleeping pods in The Snooze Room.
Manon said: “Every time someone comes in, they have to write down their student number and tell us if they’re male or female so, usually at the end of the week I get to know what school they’re from so it’s up to me to then have a look at it and see if there is something I can do to help these students.”
Manon began a project last year called ‘Catching the Zed’s’ with the head of counselling and student services which was to help students understand sleep deprivation and the effect that it has on mental health and students’ studies.
From ‘Catching the Zed’s’, they then thought about the next step they could take to help students and their sleep patterns by researching about napping.
In American a lot of universities have nap rooms available for students to sleep.
The company Google also have pods that its workers can use to sleep and in Japan, many people go into ‘Snooze Hotels’ for a couple of naps to recharge themselves for the day.
This is where the project leader got her initial idea from to introduce The Snooze Room to Teesside University.
I asked students at Teesside University students for their thoughts on the new Snooze Room.
Lauren Kuzyszyn, 19, studying paramedics, said: “I think it’s a great idea for all kinds of different students on different courses because It’s an opportunity for students who live far away to be able to restart and have a nap in case they had a bad night’s sleep the night before; had to work; study or have been on placement.
Lauren Kuzyszyn, 19, studying paramedics at Teesside University.idea for all kinds of different students on different courses becauseit’s an opportunity for students who live far away to be able to restart and have a nap in case they had a bad night’s sleep the
“I’m definitely going to use the Snooze Room when I’m on placement.
“As a student paramedic, I’ll be doing 13 hour shifts and then need to write essays so I will happily come to the SU for a half an hour snooze to refresh my brain.”
Paige Cummings, 18, studying English, said: “I think it’s a really good idea because it gives people who live really far away the chance to have a little snooze and even though it’s good for all students, it’s especially good for third years as they’re going through a really stressful time completing their dissertations.”
“The small 45 minute nap to get the brain focussed can be the difference between a 2:1 and a 1:1.
“Since I already live on campus, I won’t particularly use it, but I know a lot of people that would.”
Trach-Vi Phung, 19, studying Games Art, said: “I think it’s a really awesome concept as there’s students that have really busy lives and it gives them a chance to catch up on sleep.”
“Personally, I don’t think that I’d get a chance to use it as I have that much of a busy lifestyle and I don’t need to catch up on any sleep.”
The Snooze Room is situated on the second floor of the Students’ Union in the Endeavour and Resolution meeting rooms and is open Monday to Friday from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.
You are able to book a 45 minute session at the Welcome Desk on the 1st floor of the Students’ Union.
For more information on The Snooze Room, you can visit their Facebook page: TUSU Snooze Room.