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People are Napping to Burn Calories

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[DIGEST: BBC, Refinery29, Self, Female Network, David Lloyd, Springer, Sleep Foundation, Forbes)

A fitness club in the United Kingdom (UK) has started what it hopes will be the latest luxury trend: napercise. While people may balk at first glance, scientific research indicates that mid-day naps may, in fact, be beneficial to our minds and bodies.

What Is Napercise?

Napercise, created by David Lloyd health clubs, is a class primarily designed for overtired parents—25 percent of whom admit to spending less than five hours sleeping each night. Seven to nine hours is the daily sleep recommendation for adults age 26-64, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The Napercise class contains 45 minutes of uninterrupted sleep, surrounded by a total of 15 minutes of gentle stretching.

The class provides an eyemask, pillow, blanket and bed for each person—in addition to a cool temperature and peaceful sounds to help facilitate the ideal mid-day nap.

“The frantic nature of modern life means that few of us seem to get enough sleep,” the Napercise class description explains. “And if you’re a parent, a good night’s rest becomes even more of a luxury.” The David Lloyd website says Napercise is designed to assist “exhausted mums and dads boost their mental and physical well-being,” and “to reinvigorate the mind [and] the body.”

Importance of Sleep

Science emphasizes the health benefits of sufficient sleep. For instance, Kathryn Pinkham – an expert on sleep, who worked with the David Lloyd club to develop the Napercise program – indicated that sleep is significantly more important than most people understand. 

“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 wellbeing too,” she said.

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