Fitness + Well-being

British gym introduces 'napercise,' where people sleep instead of work out

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In Britain, a chain of gyms is trading its spinning bikes for beds to attract tired parents for a new class it’s dubbing “napercise.”

The BBC reported that the classes, offered by David Lloyd Clubs, will not only help moms and dads catch some zzz’s — they’ll also help them burn calories with cold studio temperatures. The National Sleep Foundation recommends setting your room temperature to between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit to promote sleep, and some studies suggest sleeping in lower temperatures can rev your metabolism.

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The BBC interviewed an unnamed spokesperson for David Lloyd Clubs who said the goal of the new 45-minute classes is to help promote parents’ holistic well-being — a notion supported by a wealth of research.

When we don’t get enough sleep, not only are we groggy, cranky and less focused — but studies show sleep deprivation can also weaken our immune system, leaving us more vulnerable to infection, and throw off hormone levels that make us more prone to overeating or making other impulsive decisions.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends American adults get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. But more than one-quarter of the U.S. population reports occasionally not getting enough sleep, while about 10 percent suffer from chronic insomnia. According to Psychology Today, sleep deprivation in parents can lead to a slew of unwanted effects, like appearing and sounding sadder or less positive.

"Filling an exercise studio with beds might look unusual, but if it proves to be a success, we're definitely excited at the possibility of rolling out the program to more of our clubs down the line,” the spokesman told the BBC.