Would you use a “Nap pod” if you got the chance?
Students at Edinburgh University have voted in favour of installing “nap pods” on the campus to help with sleep deprivation.
Each pod costs £10,000 and provides a specially designed futuristic bed, users can “screen out” any surrounding noise by playing relaxing music through a large-scale helmet and a rotating visor.
A student led think tank concluded that the pods would help boost satisfaction amongst students. A total of 84 per cent of students backed the new proposal.
The think-tank’s research director, Priyanka Radhakrishnan, told Sky News: “The idea behind it is that sleep deprivation is one of the main causes of mental health problems.”
“This is an initiative to tackle that problem, promoting the idea of napping and having students take around 40 minute breaks throughout the day to make sure their mental and physical wellbeing is on top point.”
“Nap pods” are already used in some American Universities as well as Google’s headquarters in London.
Although the new pods may seem like a fantastic idea, others oppose them. Verity Brown told Sky News: “They look like… very claustrophobic coffins, cost £10,000 and the university wants four of them.
“The student to pod ratio being 28,000 to four, it doesn’t make any sense to me.”