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Napping

College students are among the most sleep-deprived people. Experts recommend getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, but sometimes your schedule may not allow you to get a full night's sleep. While napping is not a replacement for sleep, it can help make up for lost sleep and improve your cognitive function, mood, and memory.

Benefits of Napping

  • Increased alertness and focus
  • Higher energy levels throughout the day
  • Increased motor performance (such as reaction time) and reduced mistakes and accidents
  • Decreased moodiness

Napping Tips

  • Keep naps short and sweet. A power nap of 20-30 minutes can renew attention span and refresh the body. Long naps can disrupt your ability to get restful sleep later on. Set your cell phone alarm to wake you up.
  • Schedule time for naps, such as in between classes or mid-way through a study session.
  • It's nap time, but you can't fall asleep. Write the word "yawn" on a piece of paper 10 times and read over it. It sounds silly, but it works for many people!
  • Security. How can you keep an eye on your stuff with your eyes closed? If you are napping somewhere other than your room, use your backpack as a pillow and make sure nothing valuable is sitting out. Wrapping your arms around your backpack can also be comfortable for a quick nap.
  • Stretch before and after your nap. It will help you feel better all day.
  • If insomnia is an issue for you, try not taking naps. Keep a sleep diary for two weeks to help identify what is preventing you from getting restful sleep. Consult your healthcare provider or a counselor if problems persist.

Healthyhorns Nap Map

This map represents the best napping spots on campus, as voted on by UT students! Use this map to locate your optimal napping spot. Remember to use caution when picking a nap spot and always keep your belongings with you.

Click on each location for photos and more details. Click on "more" to see the street view of the building.


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Note: Each location was rated by student volunteers. All categories are scored on a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest.

accessibility Ranked based on a student's ability to access the building. A low score indicates that accessibility is limited to certain students, such as a residence hall which only allows residents in after certain hours.
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comfort Ranked based on the building's accommodating environment. Criteria such as temperature, furniture, space, and lighting were considered. A high score indicates a very comfortable environment.
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crowd activity Ranked based on the number of people in the vicinity of the nap spots in the building. A low score indicates that there are low levels of disturbance from traveling people.
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low noise level moderate noise level high noise level

Low Noise Level

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Norman Hackerman Building (NHB):

accessiblity4.33 comfort level4.17 crowd level2.17

All week: 6:30 AM – 10 PM

The Norman Hackerman Building is not only known for its cool and contemporary architecture but also for its napping spots. On the inside, there are couches on the first, second, and third floors for napping. On the third floor, you can even nap in the balcony area before 4 PM. The outer NHB patio is well known for its cool metal seating areas that can be moved into make-shift beds. These are especially comfortable on a sunny day when the shade has kept the seats cool!

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Lyndon B. Johnson Library (LBJ):

accessiblity2.83 comfort level3 crowd level2.67

Mon-Fri: 9 AM – 5 PM

If you're over on the eastern edges of the Forty Acres, we've got a nap spot for you! The library is a great nap spot because of the low chatter level and the quaint presidential furniture. However, the lawn and corridor outside the library are great nap spots as well. Because the library is on the edges of the campus, you can expect to be left alone to your devices while you slumber for a refreshing 20 minutes!

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Perry Castaneda Library (PCL):

accessiblity4.67 comfort level3.67 crowd level3.67

Mon-Thur : 7 AM – 2 AM || Fri: 7 AM – 11 PM ||Sat: 9 AM – 11 PM || Sun: 12 PM – 2 AM

“Shhh…no talking in the library” might have been annoying to hear back in grade school, but it's just what you need to close your eyes for twenty minutes. The PCL is known for its comfort, silence, and space on all of its floors. A tidbit about the building: the floors get quieter as you go up. Even if the comfortable couches are taken on all floors (which is unlikely), there are spots between the stacks that are also amazing nap spots. As one student said, the PCL is optimal for when you want to “get your work done and get your sleep on!”

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Almetris Duren Hall (ADH):

accessiblity3.33 comfort level3.67 crowd level3

Mon-Sun: 6:30 AM – 11 PM || Residents only after 10 PM

“How you Duren?” is probably the only thing you know about the Duren residence hall, but what you might not have known is that the building is home to comfortable couches. The mahogany furniture gives the nap spot an incredible ambience that is hard to compete with! For any non-resident seeking refuge in Duren can find a spot in the main hallway that is home to huge comfortable couches and study tables. Because it is such a low profile residence hall, the noise level is usually at a minimum, so nap away!

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San Jacinto Residence Hall (SJH):

accessiblity2.67 comfort level3.5 crowd level2.5

Mon-Sun: 6:30 AM – 11 PM || Residents only after 10 PM

While it is a residence hall with primary access to its residents, the San Jacinto hall is open to public from 6:30 AM – 11 PM. There are areas for nonresidents to grab a quick nap in the couch lounge areas! Additionally, one student noted that the “courtyard is relaxing when it's nice outside”.

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The Union (UNB):

accessiblity5 comfort level4.3 crowd level3.5

Mon-Sun: 7 AM – 10 PM || Residents only after 10 PM

While it is a residence hall with primary access to its residents, the San Jacinto hall is open to public from 8AM to 11PM. There are areas for nonresidents to grab a quick nap in the couch lounge areas! Additionally, one student noted that the “courtyard is relaxing when it's nice outside”.

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Pharmacy Building (PHR):

accessiblity3.83 comfort level1.83 crowd level3

All week: 6:30 AM – 10 PM

Unless you were a pharmacy student, you wouldn't normally have a reason to be in this building. However, the Pharmacy building also has moderately comfortable benches that could be great to rest your eyes for a brief 20 minutes. While the old pharmacy building is not particularly riddled with cushioned benches, the new building, which is located adjacent to the old one, has study areas and cushioned benches in all the hallways. For those who need silence while they sleep, these buildings have a slightly higher level of chatter.

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Moderate Noise Level

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South Mall Lawn:

accessiblity5 comfort level4 crowd level3.67

Open 24/7

If the fact that you will be napping in a lush lawn in front of the awe-inspiring Tower doesn't convince you to take a nap here, it's hard to say what will. The front lawn is an incredible spot to lie down and close your eyes amidst beautiful shady trees. Make sure to set your alarm because the 20 minute nap might just turn into a long slumber because it's so comfortable on the grass. Remember to wear sunscreen to avoid any sunburn!

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Students Services Building (SSB):

accessiblity4.67 comfort level4.17 crowd level3.17

Mon-Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM || Sat – Sun: Closed

As the name suggests, the SSB is there to serve students, and the newly furnished floors will do just that. There are warm and comfortable sofas on the first floor and second floor by the escalators that are long enough for you to stretch your legs and count a few sheep! While it is not a silent building, the area is moderately quiet to allow you to take a nap. The Forty Acres Pharmacy on the first floor can be a great source of a healthy snack after your nap. Additionally, take the elevator to the 5th floor to Counseling and Mental Health Center's Mind and Body Lab where you can rest in a cool, dark, and serene room for 30 minutes.

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F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN):

accessiblity3.17 comfort level2.33 crowd level3

All week: 7 AM – 10 PM

Lights! Camera! Sleep! Follow the director's cue and head on over to WIN for a relaxing nap. Not only is it home to state-of-the-art theaters, but the drama building also has quiet corridors and lounge areas that are great for some well-deserved eye-resting.

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Kinsolving Residence Hall (KIN):

accessiblity3.33 comfort level3.67 crowd level3.83

Mon-Sun: 6:30 AM – 11 PM || Residents only after 10 PM

An all-girl residence hall, Kinsolving has North and South lounges on the first floor that are open to public until 11PM. The North Lounge is an incredible spot for napping, while the South lounge is primarily used for group and individual studying. The North lounge is a moderately quiet atmosphere for a quick refreshing nap! Additionally, there's a Kin's Market and Kin's Dining Hall to satiate your afternoon munchies!

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Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL):

accessiblity4.33 comfort level2.83 crowd level4.83

All week: 6:30 AM – 10 PM

The ever-expanding Welch building has an area in every twisted corner and hallway for a place to nap, be it the long hallways with cushioned benches or the Mallet Library on the first floor. The hallways normally have crowds in between class periods, but it could be the place for you if you like a little white noise to help you go to sleep. The Mallet Library is blissfully silent if that is the sort of environment you require. The building's central location on campus is also a great asset as you'll be able to hurry off to your next class after the nap!

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Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM):

accessiblity4.67 comfort level1.67 crowd level4.5

All Week: 6:30 AM – 10 PM

Be it the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy library on the 4th floor or the several lounge areas on all floors, the RLM has reasonably good study areas that can be fashioned into nap spots at a moment's notice. The lawn outside of the RLM is also an excellent nap spot, weather permitting. RLM also has its own coffee stand on the 4th floor in case you need a snack before or after the nap. A word of advice about the building: the elevators do not go to the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors.

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High Noise Level

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Student Activity Center (SAC):

accessiblity5 comfort level4.5 crowd level4.83

Mon – Fri: 7 AM – 3 AM || Sat: 10 AM – 3 AM || Sun: 12 PM – 3 AM

A great spot to catch some of those coveted Zzz's, the Student Activity Center has lounge areas on both the first and second floor that are moderately quiet and have a running fireplace. One student also noted that the “cool wooden upstairs with pillows” is an incredibly comfortable area to schedule in a quick nap before your next class!

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Gregory Gymnasium (GRE):

accessiblity4.83 comfort level2.5 crowd level4.5

Mon – Thur: 6 AM – 1 AM || Fri: 6 AM – 10 PM || Sat: 8 AM – 10 PM || Sun: 10 AM – 1 AM

You may be asking yourself, how did Gregory Gymnasium make this list? Why would someone nap in a gym? The Gregory Gymnasium in particular has several cushions benches and lounge areas throughout the building that can be a great spot for a quick nap! Additionally, you can spend another 30 minutes after the nap working out, which will only keep you more active for the remainder of your day.

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Flawn Academic Center (FAC):

accessiblity4.83 comfort level3.83 crowd level4.84

Mon – Thur: 6 AM – 12 PM || Fri: 6 AM – 10 PM || Sat – Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM

The FAC is most known for its group study areas; however, there are still areas on the first floor that are good spots for napping. Bring ear plugs if complete silence is a must for you since the noise level is usually at a quiet chatter level. With a working fireplace, the FAC can be a warm area on a particularly cold day.

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Jester East/West Residence Halls (JES):

accessiblity3.83 comfort level2.8 crowd level4.5

Mon – Sun: 6:30 AM – 11 PM || Residents Only from 11 PM

While both Jester East and West are primarily residence halls, there are a few areas within the buildings that are nap friendly with access for non-Jesterians. The Malcolm X lounge on the second floor of Jester East is not only close to J2 dining hall, but it is also a quiet area that is usually used as an individual study area. A quick twenty minute nap in here and you'll be as good as new for the rest of your day!

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