Today is public sleeping day. I’m sure every one of us has felt like falling asleep right smack dab in the middle of our day and I’m sure every one has fallen asleep in class at least once in their lifetime. Before college I never could have imagined sleeping anywhere outside of my home. However, I regularly took day time naps in places all over campus. Those all-nighters eventually come back to bite you.
I had 3 favorite napping spots. The most obvious one being the library. My university had some well placed napping chairs where students could frequently be found catching a quick 30 minute to hour long power nap. The student center also had some of the most comfortable couches for napping. In fact you would have trouble catching the two couches open as they were often filled by someone attempting to catch a nap between classes. As a junior I was accepted into my Universities Honor Program a cool perk many Honors Programs don’t advertise is that theirs a special secret room for students to use anytime of day. We had access to refrigerators so we could bring our lunch, free coffee, and if you had a group project you were working on it was perfectly okay to invite your group to meet there just as long as you didn’t give non-honors students the entry code. The room even had a wii and an xbox for students to play games that they could borrow for free from the honors office. This room was predominantly used by students to nap and eat lunch. my favorite perk as an honors student was this room.
In honor of Public Sleeping Day I give you my top 4 tips for sleeping in Public.
Always have a warm jacket or light blanket available even if it isn’t cold. Being able to cover yourself or just your face from the glaring lights I found helped for more productive and restful sleep.
Find a quiet place like a quiet hallway or library. You won’t be able to get any zzz’s if you are constantly being interrupted by yelling, shouting, or another person’s conversation. If you don’t have a quiet place play classical or relaxing music and pop in some ear buds.
Set an alarm on your phone so you don’t oversleep and miss your next class, meeting, or work. Sometimes I would work on homework at the library and get tired while I was working. So I would set my alarm to wake me in 30 minutes. I would take a quick nap and wake up to continue working.
Keep your personal belongings i.e backpack and purse close. I usually used mine as a pillow, or had my hand wrapped around the handle. You don’t want someone attempting to steal your stuff while you are sleeping.
What is your favorite public sleeping spot? Let me know in the comments below.