Sleep lounge popular despite privacy, noise concerns

by | Oct 8, 2019 | Campus News, IGNITE, Life

Emily Wilson, News Reporter

IGNITE opened the doors to its sleep lounge three years ago and there aren’t enough beds to handle the demand.

The 12-bed facility, located above the cafeteria at North campus, is a getaway for tired students to get some shut eye. And there’s been a steady increase in use by students since the lounge opened in 2016.

Last week alone more than 250 students were using the facility.

The 12-bed facility, located above the cafeteria at North campus, is a getaway for tired students to get some shut eye. (IGNITE)

Shay Kedroe, vice-president of IGNITE North campus, said the service is much needed.

She said Humber is “a huge commuter school, commutes for some students is two hours.”

Paul Noriega is one of them.

He commutes from Guelph every day and starts his drive to the school early to beat the traffic.

“I get up at 5 a.m. and I have classes sometimes until 10 p.m.,” said the third-year Architectural Technology student.

Noriega, 24, also has long stretches of breaks between his classes where he can do school work but sometimes sleep is more valuable.

Kedroe said the facility moved closer to the IGNITE office and cafeteria area last year to double the number of beds because of the demand. 

Some students prefer to sleep in the CTI building, despite the possibility of being woken up by security, because of noise and privacy concerns. (Emily Wilson)

Robin Quiambao, a second-year Media Studies student at the University of Guelph-Humber, appreciates the sleep lounge and uses it often.

“I think we’re really fortunate to have it,” she said. 

The 19-year-old said between her early classes and work schedule it’s hard to have a proper sleep routine. 

The first time she used the lounge she was insecure about the privacy but the need for sleep quickly took over.

Quiambao said the cafeteria can sometimes be loud but it’s more like white noise. Noriega agreed.

“I hear white noise, but it’s not really a bother to me,” Noriega said. “I put my headphones on anyway.”

But not everyone likes the location or the noise. 

Brian Cao finds the area too loud.

The third-year Mechanical Engineering student feels uncomfortable in the area because it doesn’t feel private.

“It was really uncomfortable and noisy,” he said. “There was a lot of light coming in.”

Nevertheless, he feels the new facility is still better than the previous lounge.

Cao said he prefers to sleep in the new CTI building, despite the possibility of being nudged awake by security.

Kedroe said even with soundproofing efforts and the use of earplugs the noise from the cafeteria can be challenging. 

IGNITE’s sleep lounge the is first of its kind among post-secondary schools, so it may take some time before trial and error develops a lounge that makes everyone happy, she said.

“As for privacy, students’ safety is our top priority so space must be accessible, inclusive and safe for our staff to operate,” Kedroe said. 

James MacFarlane, a clinical consultant for the MedSleep school in Toronto, said it’s necessary everyone to get between six and nine hours of sleep a night. 

“There is nothing wrong with napping as long as it does not affect getting a full night of sleep,” he said.

A proper amount of napping time is 20 to 40 minutes and any longer risks not being able to get a proper sleep at night, MacFarlane said. 

Kedroe said IGNITE wanted to listen to what students are needing to boost marks.

“It was evident that [the sleep lounge] was a need for our students,” she said. “We always listen.”