U.K. Gym Offers Group Napping Classes For Exhausted Clients

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In our increasingly fast-paced, technology-driven world, most adults do not get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep every night. Things are even worse for those with young children. A recent study revealed that 86% of parents in the United Kingdom complain of fatigue and about 26% get less than 5 hours of sleep every night. To provide exhausted patrons a little relief from their hectic schedules, David Lloyd Clubs, a chain of gyms and fitness centers in Europe, has introduced a napercise class!

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As the name suggests, the hour-long group class, described as a way to "reinvigorate the mind, improve moods, and even burn the odd calorie," does not involve any hard-core exercise. Instead, attendees are guided through 15 minutes of light stretching to help them relax and then encouraged to cuddle under the blankets of a comfortable bed, cover their eyes with an eye mask, and snooze for 45 minutes. With soothing music playing in the background and the room set to the perfect temperature, clients can be assured of the best possible sleep. Napercise classes are currently being offered at just one location. If popular, they will be expanded to other David Lloyd Clubs.

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Though the class sounds like a marketing ploy, nap benefits have been scientifically proven . A study conducted by Pennsylvania's Allegheny College found that midday naps not only help participants feel well-rested, but also enable them to handle stress better. A follow-up study carried out at the University of California at Berkeley concluded that a 45-minute snooze in the middle of the day boosts learning capacity. The good news is that you do not have to make a trip to the U.K. to join this latest exercise trend – you can participate from the comfort of your own bed. So, go ahead and encourage your entire family to try a napercise class, or two, and see if the benefits claimed by experts are true.

Resources: oddity central.com, davidlloyd.com, refinery29.com

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  • adroit_avimimus
    This article made me think of school! 8 hours of nonstop learning (aside from lunch and other breaks) 5 days a week (for me at least). And the part where '45-minute snooze in the middle of the day boosts learning capacity' makes me think students should get to take 45 minutes out of the day to rest their minds! That would give a lot of people I know a break from the teachers telling them to wake up haha! 😴😴
    • sharonlynn
      S L9 months
      Written by Sebastian - You'll never get tired of this job. : )
      • sushimaster
        sushimasterover 1 year
        cool my school needs this
        • wolfy_blue
          wolfy_blueover 1 year
          Oh wow... this is going to be an easy class!
          • lillyabout 3 years
            This is cool
            • ?????about 3 years
              LOL! Yes
              • derpyem
                derpyemover 3 years
                Petition to make gym class nap class.
              • chlooe
                chlooealmost 4 years
                This is so cool! I would DEFINITELY try this out! I wish I were one of the guests that they chose!! Awesome bro!!
                • Nora kabout 4 years
                  Um.... this article makes me tired!!!😴😴
                  • Lollipops coolabout 4 years
                    That makes sense. If you're a mom or dad and you can't sleep take some time to go to the gym for a sleep class!