When kids are tired all they want to do is go to sleep…even when they are at school. In Las Cruces, New Mexico, several high schools have a new methodology for sleep-deprived students: 20 minute naps in sleep pods. According to the National Institutes of Health, teenagers should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night, only a third of students get even 8 hours of sleep.
Lack of sleep, coupled with other teenage anxieties, can make it tough for students to focus on their education. The sleeping pods, paid for through mental health grants from the state, can act as a reset button and send them to class feeling more refreshed.
Some parents may be skeptical of their children napping at school says Dr. Linda Summers, a sleep researcher at New Mexico State University. "Why are they not in science or math class? Well, they could be," Summers said. "But they wouldn't be listening, they wouldn't be paying attention, and so this way we can get them to go back to class and focus."