UBC Undergraduate Research

Examining the Importance of Napping Privacy to UBC Students Ng, Livia; Omar, Qutube; Park, Gloria; Quon, Olivia; Ratz, Allison; Wen, Winnie


In today’s society, many adults are falling victim to sleep deprivation, which causes an overall reduction of productivity and performance amongst individuals. Past research on the subject matter mainly focuses on the various factors that aided an individual's sleep rather than on the design of the napping environment or napping unit. Noticing this gap in research, we decided to examine the impact of napping unit (nap pods and room design) privacy on students of the University of British Columbia (UBC). This study was conducted via an online questionnaire, in which participants were presented with five nap space scenarios and were then asked to rate how they felt in terms of our five dependant variables- privacy, anxiousness, comfort, and safety. The results revealed that UBC students preferred a more private nap pod, as it provides them with feelings of increased safety and comfortability; in addition, it caused them to feel less anxious about the idea of using the napping space that will be provided in the new Arts Student Centre. Moreover, our findings demonstrated that participants were not in favour of a surveillance camera canvassing the room. 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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