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Student Group Hopes to Bring Sleeping Pods to UNR Campus

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Sleeping pods are popular in Japan and Europe, but now there are talks about bringing them onto the University of Nevada campus. 

We talked with students who are working to make the idea a reality. On Friday we took a tour where the proposed sleeping pods would go if they were installed on campus. If sleeping pods were installed on campus, they would likely go inside the Joe Crowley Student Union building in a space between the Wells Fargo and U-swirl.

Nevada Senior Lauren Acevedo, came up with the idea her sophomore year. "Like every student on campus, I had some pretty rough nights with assignments, big reports due and finals,” said Acevedo. "I had all these breaks during you know my classes and stuff like that and I really wanted a place to sleep and to get meaningful sleep. I didn't want to be in my car or hugging my backpack in a library." 

So she created the non-profit group "Modern-Serenity" a few months ago. Since then, momentum to install these "peace pods" on campus has grown fast. The group is hoping to get up to 15 individual pods free to students -- equipped with a charging station, LED lights, and a radio. The pods they're looking at are made by Podtime and would be tall enough for students to sit up in. 

Kenneth Aguilar, a junior, partnered up with Acevedo on the project. He tells Channel 2 News the group did research on current student sleep deprivation and included it in their proposal for the project. They also surveyed more than 1,000 students about the idea. "I want to say about 90% are on board,” said Aguilar. 

For a good night's sleep you need about 8 hours or more. Students we talked with here say they get about five or less. "I think it would be a huge health benefit to a lot of the students,” said Aguilar.

Brandon Butler who took a final today agrees, saying it would be refreshing to have a place to take a quick power nap. "If we has something like sleeping pods, you know. We could take a quick hour there, rejuvenate ourselves and if we have a final maybe 2 hours before that so we can rest up,” said Butler. 

Lauren says Nevada would be the second campus in the U.S. to install them, after Texas A&M. "They would swipe in their wolf card for example. Here at the university that's what we call it and let's say Jennifer's working at the front desk, she's like hey #14 is clean, go back there!” said Acevedo. 

The pods would be monitored closely and sanitized after each use. Students could sleep up to 2 hours at a time, or more. 

Discussions have already taken place with the university. The final steps needed to make the plan a reality is to finalize the business proposal by getting corporate or local businesses to sponsor the pods- which can cost around $2,500. "They really need to be able to tell their story in a convincing way that says that this really is important. That there's a big enough need that they will be used. If it will generate revenues over time,” said Business School Chair of Information Systems, David Croasdell. 

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