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Sound Related Napping Preferences Among UBC Students Hernandez, Eddy; Deville, Lou; Saviola, Sofia; Miller, Jonathan; Aramayo, Maria


Napping is a useful way for sleep-deprived students to catch up on missed sleep. With the upcoming introduction of a nap room in the planned Arts Student Centre, it is important for UBC to learn about the varied preferences its students may have for their sleeping and napping environments. Our group conducted a survey to investigate which sounds UBC students prefer to listen to when napping. We distributed an online survey containing questions regarding their sound preferences. More students indicated that they prefer to sleep to silence compared to classical piano music, white noise, and nature sounds (p < .05), suggesting that a silent napping room may be most suitable for student preferences, comfort, and sleep onset. A sizable proportion of students also indicated that they would have preferred to listen to a different type of music than classical piano music, which was the only genre option presented in our survey. This may have affected our findings, as those students may have preferred music overall but selected another option due to the absence of their preferred genre. Future research may benefit from including a wider variety of music genres in the sound conditions. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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