During stressful times at school, some BYU-Hawaii students have developed a skill to take a power nap anytime, anywhere. It takes a few techniques, but students said these allow them to have more productive studies.
Hanna Olson, a freshman from Georgia with an undeclared major, suggested, “Try not to take a nap until your body needs it. Wait till the point that you’re exhausted. Sometimes, you think your body needs a nap but actually, you don’t.”
Courtney Schwendiman, a freshman from Washington studying exercise and sports science, said, “Find a position and a spot that you personally feel comfortable with. For me, I like to lean my head on the table while sitting down”
Evelyn Nicholes, a freshman from California studying English, suggested selecting a proper background noise that works for you. “Everyone is different. When I take a nap, I like to have some noises such as people talking in the background. Some people put on headphones and listen to music.”
X Llewel, a freshman from the Philippines studying hospitality and tourism management, added, “Don’t think about anything and blank your mind. Put everything aside. Just think about taking a rest. And set an alarm for 15-20 minutes to prevent oversleep.”
Nicholes later said, “I focus my thoughts on something else besides my assignments. I know I’m about to fall asleep when my thoughts start to get weird. Cover your eyes with eyes marks, your elbow, or a jacket to keep the lights out.”
Schwendiman said, “I don’t need to go back to my room to do it, and it can be done wherever. It seems like a sacrifice of time, but it makes your study become more productive.”
Some common locations where students can be seen napping include the Aloha Center, Stake Center, library, benches outside of the Hales, and around the McKay Building as well as anywhere on the grass.
Nicholes commented, “Sometimes, I get stressed out and my brain goes totally blank. When I wake up from a nap, I have a fresh start to keep going. It’s like a pause button and meditation with less effort.”
Llewel added, “Napping is one way to boost your energy. When you are stressed, it helps you to relax and restart your brain. Your study will become more productive. Take a rest when needed. Don’t run faster than you have strength, as the scriptures say.”
Olson expressed, “Good thing about napping in public is that you don’t get too deep into your sleep and end up wasting your time after sleeping for a couple hours. There is always something or someone to wake you up.”
There are also concerns about napping in public. Llewel said, “Sometimes people will take a picture of me sleeping. And people might steal your stuff, so I will hold on to my bag when napping.”
Nicholes added, “Sometimes when you wake up from a nap, you still feel tired. I will just get up and move around so I will feel better. And bugs might crawl on you if you sleep on the grass.”
“There is no need for taking a nap if you get a lot of sleep at night,” said Olson.
Schwendiman also commented, “Eight hours of sleep is better than napping.”