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Harvard University may create nap room for students

In case Harvard University needed another reason to be superior, a nap room for students to snooze in between classes might be in the works.

After 191 students voted yes on sophomore Yuqi Hou’s petition demanding a nap room, Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds is now contemplating the idea.

Hou found that 60 percent of the 432 Harvard students she polled approved of the nap room idea.

“Most students operate daily on a sleep deficit, to the detriment of their health and productivity,” Hou told The Boston Globe. “For those getting insufficient sleep at night, naps can provide alertness and help students take a break from their hectic schedules.”

According to a November 2009 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, 20 to 30 minute naps can make you “more productive” and Harvard sleep researcher Robert Stickgold claims naps helps with problem-solving.

The University of Colorado-Boulder is the only university so far with its own nap center, christened the “Siesta,” but students at the University of Texas and the University of California-Davis use nap maps — marking the best nap spots on campus — to find quiet areas to catch some zzz’s.

Hou said she will make her own nap map to tide over Harvard students before the nap room is finished.

If you’re currently struggling to decide between Harvard and Yale, you might want to factor in the possibility of a nap room. That’s a game changer.

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