A 45-minute nap turned Angelina Torres’ anxiousness into “sudden motivation.”
She waited for the doors of the Knight Mind and Body studio to open while she spoke to other attendees. Once 1 p.m. on Wednesday hit, her materials were placed in a cubicle and she found her spot. For a brief moment her worries diminished.
“I signed up for this event on a whim,” Torres said. “But now, I think I could work naps into my schedule.”
Torres, a sophomore pre-clinical health science major, entered the Napercise event with no expectation. She had no idea how greatly the next 45 minutes would impact the rest of her day.
Though only five classes in, the Napercise event at Knights Plaza’s RWC seeks to safely allow students to rest for a little over half an hour in their choice of hammock or floor mat in hopes of aiding in muscle recovery, memory retention and stress reduction.
Pamela Mills, coordinator for the stress and management program, said that sleep has moved up since last year on the list of reasons for why individuals do not do well.
“Regular sleeping can effect executive and cognitive functions, things you do in college,” Mills said. “Think about it, Europe has siestas, but we’re a culture that keeps on going until we drop.”
However, Torres’ calmness throughout the event did not come easily. She said for a small portion of the class her mind was anxious and worrying about all the work she had to do.
“All I could think about was that I was napping in a hammock,” she said.
It wasn’t until she listened closely to the two white noise machines placed on either corner of the room, that she felt relaxed.
Her friend, however, disagreed.
Gabriella German, sophomore entertainment management major, said she too came in with no expectations and left in a good mood. But it didn’t last very long.
“After some time passed, it made me tired for the rest of the day,” German said. “I would visit the event again but more toward finals week to reduce my stress.”
For students like Torres, the Napercise event allowed for the burst of energy she needed. Torres left the event awaken and driven to finish up her work.
Cameron Messer, freshman mechanical engineering major, visited the class the following Monday before his exam and agreed with Torres.
“Usually I feel grumpy after naps, but I feel good after this one,” he said.
Coordinators hope that once the event picks up, nap safe places will be set up around campus. But for now, the event will continue its goal to securely allow students to rest in a soothing dim-lit room every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m.
“I went to the library and knocked all of my homework out right after the class,” Torres said. “I’ll be coming to this class again.”