Not getting a good night’s sleep? Feeling tired and wornÂ out?
Perhaps coffee and energy drinksÂ arenâ€™t doing it for you? These issuesÂ are common among students, resulting from hectic schedules filledÂ with school, jobs, social events, and responsibilities.
IGNITE’s student executives recognized this problem on campus and invested in the development of our sleep lounge. Our sleep lounges have been open since the Spring of 2016 and can be found at both the North and Lakeshore campuses. Since their launch, the responses have beenÂ extremely positive, as the number of users drastically increased between the Spring of 2016 and Fall of 2017, resulting in both lounges often filling toÂ capacity. This success isÂ not surprising when considering the amount of research and dedication the student executives placed into ensuring that a sleep spaceÂ was a service students needed.
The concept of a sleep space is not uncommon, as universities and collegesÂ across the nationÂ embrace waysÂ to improve student wellness. TIMEÂ uncovered a publication in the Journal of Sleep that revealed howÂ poorly sleep-deprived students were performing academically compared to peersÂ receiving sufficientÂ rest. Research by The National Sleep Foundation, recommendsÂ adults aged 18-25 receive 7-9Â hours of sleep for optimum performance.Â With all thisÂ evidence, it’s not surprising that many studentsÂ are taking the opportunity to nap between classes. Ammar Abdul-Raheem, VPÂ Student Life-North/Guelph-Humber, says,”The sleep lounge aroseÂ fromÂ the need to have a place where studentsÂ can go sleep safely, comfortably, and in a hygienic way.” This space provides privacy from the hustle and bustle of campus life, ensuring students feel comfortable and safe dozing off.
So if you haven’t yet, why should youÂ check outÂ IGNITE’s Sleep Lounge? To sum up, the top three reasons include, privacy, safety, and hygiene. Well and the fact that you probably need a nap, and there’s no better place for one!
The Sleep Lounge offers:
Privacy:Â The lounge is located in an enclosed room, designed solely for sleeping. Within the space, each sleep station is equippedÂ with individualÂ screens to isolate studentsÂ from one another.
Safety: The room is locked and monitored regularly by an IGNITE staff member.
Hygiene:Â All beds are made from fake leather, which is easily disinfected with a lysol wipe before and after use to ensure cleanliness.
Since itsÂ launch, there has been a bigÂ increase in users of our sleep lounge between 2015 and 2016 at both campuses. North Campus increased by 295% since 2015, whilst Lakeshore rose by 118%. So why are students using the sleep lounge? When surveyed, students listedÂ ‘lack of sleep’ and ‘fatigue’ asÂ the top two reasons for napping, followed further behind byÂ ‘exams or tests’ and lack of ‘energy or food.’ Ammar Abdul-Raheem, VPÂ Student Life-North/Guelph-Humber says, “It’s so good thatÂ we areÂ near capacity, it revealsÂ how useful and needed the service is and perhaps it is something we need to invest in more.”
Sometimes sleeping can be hard when you’re stressed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, Student Lifeline is here for you.