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!

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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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  • ipiggi
    ipiggiFriday, July 21, 2017 at 7:08 am
    I wish I had classes like those in my school
    • october
      octoberThursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm
      This is AMAZING!!! I mean, who would think of a napercise class! That is just what I need! They really should install this in schools!
      • summerstar
        summerstarThursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:36 am
        Why don't they install this in schools? It would be a perfectly needed and reasonable subject for kids in middle school and high school who are tired. Consider it, teachers! Napercise would be great for kids too!
        • ToluSunday, July 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm
          I barely have any sleep I want sleeping classes because my bed is not comfortable enough😑
          • AverySunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:52 am
            There should be a class like this for kids!
            • LweigSaturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:48 am
              We should have this at school
              • karan69
                karan69Friday, June 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm
                working there would be awesome
                • happyFriday, June 30, 2017 at 5:56 am
                  i want to take sleeping class
                  • DunkyplaysgamesThursday, June 29, 2017 at 6:49 am
                    OMG my dad would LOVE that. He is a pro Napper!!
                    • turtlesturtles
                      turtlesturtlesWednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6:56 am
                      I'm going to the U.K. right now, I don't want to do it from my own bed, I want to take a sleeping class!!

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