CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be able to recharge their minds after a restful nap in the new sleep pod located on campus. The new sleep pod, which is located outside the Island Hall Gym in the Dugan Wellness Center, is similar to what can be seen in airports in Europe and Asia, or at the Google offices. Even though the clocks will roll forward on Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m., students will not lose that precious hour of sleep.
Dr. Jacqueline Hamilton, Director of Recreational Sports, was central to the project. She says sleep, exercise, and nutrition are the three greatest elements in physical wellness.
“Missing one night of sleep creates conditions similar to a concussion,” said Hamilton. “Students who average more than six hours of sleep earn better grades than those with fewer than six hours of sleep.”
Emerging research shows that getting only four to five hours of sleep impairs thinking abilities equivalent to someone with an alcohol blood content level of 0.1 percent.
The tube-shaped sleep pod features a single mattress and a door for privacy. Students can reserve the sleep pod a day ahead for up to an hour. Each student will be provided with clean sheets and sanitizer.
“I work in the Rec Center and people come over to tell me how awesome the sleep pod is,” said Daniela Briseno, a senior Criminal Justice major. “Students say it’s really comfortable and convenient to have on campus.”