Jesuit College Preparatory is definitely a great school. With almost 20 sports, over 100,000 community service hours recorded each year, recognition by the Texas Educational Agency, SAT scores that significantly exceed the national average, and much more, there is no doubt in Jesuit’s distinction and quality.

However, Jesuit still faces a problem that it has probably been facing since its foundation … lack of sleep in students. The profile of a Jesuit graduate shapes the young men who walk through this campus to be open to growth, intellectually competent, physically fit, loving, religious, and committed to working for justice. Jesuit continuously tries to best suit the needs of every student in order to produce the best version of themselves, but sadly, the students are limited by the important factor of sleep. Countless surveys and studies show that teenagers are dangerously sleep deprived, with one in particular reporting that only 9% of high-school students get the optimal amount of sleep.

How does Jesuit fix this problem, which can be connected to decreased academic performance, more injuries, a weaker immune system, and worst of all, acne? After careful thinking and consideration, a solution was considered …

Jesuit Dallas should invest its money in nap pods. Naps are recognized as the best solving mechanism for the problem of high school sleep deprivation. Jesuit should join institutions such as Google, the Huffington Post, and Uber as promoters of naps to increase productivity and health. With a partnership with MetroNaps, a company designing special EnergyPods for office use, Jesuit could fully integrate naps as a part of student life.

The plan would work as follows…

After construction, all students would go to the new napping centers above the Athletic Tower. There, they would be assigned to go to their nap pod to sleep in for the next 40 minutes. By modifying the class schedules, the regular examen order would have 10 periods with normal classes shorted to 40 minutes. Only nap pods can ensure better sleep for the students here, meaning less injuries for our players and better student achievement. A designated napping period guarantees that factors such as social media consumption and binge watching couldn’t affect student sleep like other plans such as later school start times would.

So are nap periods just another free period? Sadly, the answer is no. These times are designed to help students keep their bodies in good condition. Just like how you have to go to the weight room, students will be required to attend the nap sessions for their own well-being. Like a normal class, the faculty would decide that students who intentionally skip this period, disrupt the rest of others, or choose to stay awake will have to go to Penance Hall and write an essay on why they intentionally decided to stay awake and not go to sleep.

I have strong confidence and support for the EnergyPods. Think of students who are able to do so much more without having to be plagued by sleep deprivation. The plan’s advantages of the ability of teachers being able to assign more homework now, for students to have increased academic and athletic performance, and much more outweigh any possible drawbacks. Nap pods are the clear answer to our problems and will make Jesuit a much better place for its students.

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas strives to produce the best versions of its students. With a theoretical project like this one, it could take one more step towards that goal. Jesuit’s  commitment to justice inspires many, like me, to try to make Jesuit a better place, even if it is through ridiculous articles like this one.

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