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


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Photo Credit: David Lloyd Clubs

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.

Photo Credit: David Lloyd Clubs

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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  • sushimaster
    sushimasterThursday, May 27, 2021 at 9:13 am
    cool my school needs this
    • wolfieland
      wolfielandWednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:13 am
      Oh wow... this is going to be an easy class!
      • lillyTuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:47 am
        This is cool
        • ?????Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:41 am
          LOL! Yes
          • derpyem
            derpyemFriday, April 12, 2019 at 8:03 am
            Petition to make gym class nap class.
            • iloveaudreylucy
              iloveaudreylucyFriday, April 3, 2020 at 9:35 am
              I agree! I'm gonna follow you!
              • zooloo15
                zooloo15Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm
                OMG YES
                • cookkieice007
                  cookkieice007Friday, September 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm
                  I wish.
                • chlooe
                  chlooeFriday, February 22, 2019 at 5:09 pm
                  This is so cool! I would DEFINITELY try this out! I wish I were one of the guests that they chose!! Awesome bro!!
                  • Nora kSunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:50 pm
                    Um.... this article makes me tired!!!😴😴
                    • Lollipops coolMonday, November 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm
                      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!
                      • anonymous13743
                        anonymous13743Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:42 pm
                        sign me up
                        • k1225430
                          k1225430Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:15 am
                          I need to go here