After SMU announced in 2016 that its new 24-hour campus will include sleeping pods so students can work overnight, another university has unveiled a nap service of its own for sleepy undergrads.
Students in NTU are scrambling to book themselves half-hour sessions in the library’s new nap pod, a temporary service that became available last week, The Straits Times reported.
The nap pod was installed – with NTU’s blessing – as a business venture by a team of students taking a minor in entrepreneurship.
Their nap pod startup, Cokun, has S$15,000 in university funding and hopes to become a full-fledged business serving schools and offices.
Cokun founder Bill Pung said that the service hopes to help students overcome their lack of sleep – a common complaint in university thanks to long hours spent studying. In fact, nap pods were among the services students requested from the university in 2018.
Students who want to nap in the pod must book a session on the school’s library site in advance – Pung added that the pod is “usually fully booked”.
The pod has rules: Users can only sleep for a maximum of 30 minutes – just enough for “a dose of alertness” without the inertia brought on by longer naps. Only one person can nap at a time. And no eating is allowed.
Use of the pod will be monitored for two months, before the university decides if it stays permanently – and if more pods should be set up across campus.