Napping: The Underestimated Health Tip

Most college students are over-scheduled and don’t get the proper amount of sleep.

Grab a cat-nap

As a college student, I know firsthand how hard it can be to get enough sleep during the term. The demands of every-day life: classes, work, internships, volunteering and so on can through one off balance. With such packed schedules, sleep time can be shoved on the back seat. Most college students are so over-scheduled and do not get the proper amount of sleep that they need. Napping is by no means a replacement for sleep but it can help make up for lost hours and improve your mental and physical functions.

The University of Oregon is one of many campus that reminds students of the need for sleep. To promote healthy living, several places on campus have been designated for naps. The Nap Map lists places on campus that students can use for power nap. All suggestions are from current students at the University of Oregon — main campus in Eugene. Click on a nap spot to learn more.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, naps can help restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents.

Check out these nap tips from WebMD:

  • Limit your nap to 15–30 minutes
  • Set an alarm to wake you up.
  • Nap in the late morning or early afternoon.
  • Use your backpack as a pillow.

For more information about healthy napping and health wellness at the University of Oregon, visit https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu.

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Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com on January 4, 2016.