The Jakarta Post
David Lloyd Clubs has launched its first "napercise" class, in which participants nap for 45 minutes. (YouTube/File)
At David Lloyd Clubs, people aren’t spending all their time cycling or running or rowing at machines. Instead, they’re sleeping.
Trialing at their in Sidcup, Kent branch, England, David Lloyd Clubs launched its first “napercise” class, in which participants nap for 45 minutes.
The class is open to anyone, but is specifically targeted at parents as research showed that 86 percent of parents identified as fatigued, according to the fitness group.
To help those in need of sleep, the gym provides single beds, pillows and face masks. “Atmospheric” sounds play and the room is set at a temperature to helps calories burn during sleep.
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“Sleep is a lot more important than people realize,” said Kathryn Pinkham, a sleep expert who assisted David Lloyd on the project, as quoted by The Independent. “We tend to focus on the short-term effects, such as being tired or lacking concentration, but it is also essential for our long-term physical and mental well-being.”
Pinkham continued: “In addition to a lack of sleep bringing with it a higher risk of developing anxiety or depression, when we are sleep deprived we lack the energy to exercise regularly and also the mental clarity to make good decisions about the food we eat, which could negatively impact our physical health in the long-run.”
Many are apparently very interested in such an idea as currently the class is fully booked. (sul/kes)
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