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Nap Pods Come to University of California Berkeley

The university hopes students will use the areas to nap and rest in between their studies.

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    They're not just for tech companies anymore, nap pods have come to the campus of UC Berkeley. (Published Monday, Feb. 22, 2016)

    They're not just for tech companies anymore, nap pods have come to the campus of UC Berkeley.

    The pods are the result of an initiative led by students, who reached out to library and Student Union officials to designate four areas as "REST zones."

    REST stands for Relaxation Enhancing Study and Tranquility. One of the zones is located in the student center in Eshleman Hall.

    There, a nap pod is open for all students in the meditation room. Comfy chairs have been placed in three other buildings: Bechtel Engineering Center, Wurster Hall and the Tang Center.

    The university hopes students will use the areas to nap and rest in between their studies.

    Many students are grateful the REST Zones arrived a few weeks before mid-terms.

    "Sometimes, where we live is really far from campus so it's really hard for us to take naps so having these stations Is a lifesaver," student Grace Mendoza said.

    "It’s important to have this kind of facility so that we can take a rest in the middle of the day, or de-stress," sophomore Andrew Tu said.

    University administrators expect several more rest zones will be designed in the coming year.

    The zones are funded by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Services and other fees, according to the campus newspaper, the Daily Californian.