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

By Meera Dolasia on May 15, 2017

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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!

Photo Credit: David Lloyd Clubs

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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  • duck duckWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    that is so cooooooooooooool
    • kitty88888888Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm
      omg! I wish we could have that in school
      • cool girl Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm
        I'm gonna go to this school (I wish)
        • 5thgradeweridoWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm
          My dad could use it
          • lee leeWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm
            I need this because I go to bed at 11 at night and get up around 4:30
            • SaanviWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm
              Omg! This so cool! But how can you loose weight by sleeping!?
              • LolWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2:24 pm
                • batman1015
                  batman1015Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm
                  do they change pillow cases. how old do you have to be
                  • HIIIIIIIIIIIWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm
                    I'm tired from just watching this!!!!!!!!
                    • HelloWednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm
                      OMG need this. But I have a question, do you have to do it? Like is it an actual period like L.A. or science or whatever?

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