Swamp Talk: Need Some Zzz’s? UF’s Best Places to Nap

By Mary Elysee Velasco

The person responsible for making naps mandatory during kindergarten was a genius. Whoever removed naps from the higher education system was a sadist. From the struggling chemistry major scribbling calculations late into the night, to the starving art major slaving away on a project before the due date, there is something we Gators can agree on: we all need naps. We all love naps, even.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, most mammals sleep in short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority that split the 24-hour-sleep-and-wake cycle into two sections. To combat the fact that the hurried pace of the US lifestyle is making the nation more sleep-deprived, naps are encouraged to improve alertness and performance.

Think sleep is for the lazy? Think again. You shouldn’t feel guilty if you need to recharge. So, to help you out on those long days you’re stuck on campus and just need a break, here are the best places to nap on UF:

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Pugh Hall

This spot is so obvious that UF has posted signs against napping. But who can resist quiet, separated alcoves scattered about, complete with comfy cushions? This gem may be forbidden, but you can still try to catch some Zzz’s before the staff catches you.

Weimer Hall

You would think that the constant that the constant rush of students trying to get from Florida Gym to the Reitz would make this area too noisy for a nap, but occasionally, the benches by the plant and statue area are perfect places for some afternoon peace (especially on warm, sunny days). If you want to plop on a couch, head up to the third floor. If you’re lucky, most people will be in writing labs and you’ll have the study area all to yourself.

Reitz Union

I’ve (unintentionally) fallen asleep here many-a-time during exam week. This is a place of no judgment, because your fellow students understand that the struggle is real. Head over to the study area on the first floor and try to pick a corner spot for optimal napping. If it’s too crowded, the higher you go means the higher your chances of finding a sleep station. The second floor has comfortable seating scattered about – take your pick! And on the third floor, you can lay your head on a table in the Student Involvement Affairs office.

Hub

The Hub is a hit-or-miss, as it is appropriately named the “hub” of all student activity and tends to get pretty busy. If you visit on a good day, head over to the seating area next to Starbucks.

Turlington

Weary after a lengthy lecture? Underneath Turlington’s main staircase is a circular, brick crib for us college babies. It’s a corner spot that is shaded and great for napping in all types of weather. Choose a bench and be sure cushion your head with a backpack.

Plaza of the Americas/Reitz Union North Lawn

These two are interchangeable because they both offer the same things: soft grass and sky view. If you’re feeling adventurous and outdoorsy, lay out in the sun. Bring a blanket if you don’t want to get dirt on your clothes, or you can bring a hammock and hang it up between two trees. No joke, I once saw a guy do that my freshman year.

Marston Library

Corner spots, corner spots, corner spots. That’s the name of the game. Marston Library isn’t as packed as Library West, so you’ll have a better chance of claiming a table in order to “study.” And by study, I mean shield your face with an open book so no one sees you drooling while you’re in dreamland.

Class

This may not be the smartest idea, especially if you want to pass, but we all have those times of desperation. If you’re going to fall asleep during class, make sure to wait for those particularly dark lectures – when there’s a movie or documentary playing.

Did O&B miss one of your favorite sleeping spots? Help out your fellow sleepy students — leave a comment below!

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