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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  • swimgirlkitkatSunday, May 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm
    Very cool, but I don't see something to learn about how to sleep. This is basically the procedure: Walk to the bed, then lie down and close your eyes. Above all, I think that these tired clients deserve some rest, and this is just plain weird in a good way, yet very awesome at the same time!!
    • codyjamesstorer
      codyjamesstorerSunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm
      that is so cool
      • Clarkbrittany50Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm
        Awesome where do I go I want in on a sleeping class
        • SmilelySaturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm
          • EXWSaturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm
            Thats soooo cool, I also want to take this class!
            • CJFriday, May 26, 2017 at 10:08 am
              I would take this class!
              • codyjamesstorer
                codyjamesstorerSunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm
                i agree with you i would take it as well
              • kstarr
                kstarrFriday, May 26, 2017 at 8:27 am
                • thegirlwholivedFriday, May 26, 2017 at 4:47 am
                  thats amazing!!!!
                • AWESOMENESSThursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm
                  • hbubsoThursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                    What a excuse "Honey I'm gonna go to the gym at around 6 am" when you just gonna go sleep with strangers.

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