Nifty Napping: Finding Your Comfort Zone Away From Home

Students study and hang out in the lobby. (Photo by Kayla Wood)

Before you go off to school for the first time, you hear a lot of stereotypes about college students and their unique behaviors that don’t necessarily match up with the rest of society. One such stereotype is that college students love to sleep, probably due to the fact that they are some of the most sleep-deprived people in the nation. They will sleep anywhere they can, regardless of the noise or comfort level.

I never take anything at face value, and I always loved to take naps throughout the day in high school, so when I heard that stereotype, I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “Oh, well I already do that. Nothing will change when I get to college.”

I take naps in Johnson lobby between classes, homework assignments, meetings, meals or whatever else I might have to do any given day, and my friends love catching it on camera. (Photo by Connor Perrett)
I take naps in Johnson lobby between classes, homework assignments, meetings, meals or whatever else I might have to do any given day, and my friends love catching it on camera. (Photo by Connor Perrett)

As a second semester freshman, I can firmly state that a lot has changed. The stereotype is true. Before college, I never could have imagined sleeping in a loud, crowded or bright place. Now, I do most of my napping in that exact type of setting.

As college students, we need to get as much extra sleep as possible, and we can’t always do so in our dorms.

The trick is to find your comfort zone, a place where, even though you know deep down it’s not, you feel is yours.

My comfort zone is the Johnson Hall lobby on East Green. It’s my favorite place on campus. I nap there more than I nap in my own room, and frankly, I feel more at home there than in my own room.

Johnson lobby is a great spot for a midday nap, or even a mini sleepover when a friend is locked out of his or her room.

My friends and I spend most of our spare time in the lobby either studying or just hanging out, so being in there reminds me of a safe, comforting community. It’s the perfect place to curl up and take a little nap, especially if you’re swamped with homework or have things to do later. Your friends can wake you up when you need to get back to school work, go to a meeting or even go get food.

The best part is that the lobby isn’t open to the general public; the only people who can get in are those who live in the Read-Johnson Scholars’ Complex, so it’s a bit more secure than a truly public space such as Alden or Front Room.

Obviously, there are other great nap-spots around campus, but Johnson lobby is so cozy and homey. Why would I bother finding a new space?

Author: Kayla M Wood

I am a first-year journalism student at Ohio University. I copy edit and write for The New Political.

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