Click to EnlargeChinese university helps parents beat 'empty nest' syndrome: Let them sleep in the gym. University is supposed to be a time of growth and self-discovery, when you leave your parents for the first time to go out in the world. But some parents - and children - find that a little more difficult than they'd bargained for. The parents of freshmen students sleep on the floor of the gym at Central China Normal University. One university in China is helping them get through the transition - for the first night at least. The Central China Normal University opened its gym overnight to allow 350 parents of freshmen students to sleep on mats laid out on the floor. The parents were accompanying their children on their first day of school. It is not clear how thrilled their children were to hear the news.