We’d by lying if we didn’t say our favorite part of yoga was the end-of-class savasana. So when we found out that David Lloyd Clubs in the United Kingdom debuted a 45-minute “Napercise” class, we were obviously intrigued.
According to David Lloyd, the idea for the class was born when the club polled its clients and found that 86 percent of attendants suffered from fatigue, and 26 percent of people working out at the gym slept for less than five hours a night. Over time, dysfunctional sleep patterns can cause some serious damage to your health. Sleep deprivation affects your short- and long-term memory, weakens the immune system, increases levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which can cause weight gain), and can even lead to higher risk of chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
And if you’re not getting enough sleep, it’s harder for your body to recover after a workout … meaning if you’re sleep deprived, you likely won’t see the best results from your exercise regimen, no matter how hard you’re working out.
So it actually kind of makes sense that a gym would encourage members to integrate napping into their lives. And what better way than to just offer a class for them to take! The class itself if 45-minutes and takes place in a cool room (lower room temperatures are supposed to improve sleep quality, plus the cool air is supposed to increase your body’s calorie-burning capabilities).
Although we don’t know exactly what the instructor does—perhaps lead a short meditation in the beginning of class to make clients feel comfortable and sleepy?—the calming, atmospheric music is supposed to encourage you to fall asleep quickly, too.
Sure, a nap workout class is a little gimmicky, but it seems like it’s something that many people really do need to integrate into their lives in order to improve overall health.