New health and fitness class that consists of nothing but SLEEPING to be trialled by David Lloyd Clubs


  • Family health club company David Lloyd Clubs becomes first UK fitness brand to offer napping classes Targeted at exhausted parents, the pioneering new session called ‘Napercise’ is scientifically designed to reinvigorate the mind, improve moods and even burn the odd calorie
  • The class arrives in the wake of research revealing the ‘tiredness epidemic’ across the UK, with 86% of parents admitting to suffer from fatigue, with 26% regularly getting less than 5 hours sleep a night
  • With 19% of tired parents admitting to having had a kip work, 11% having found themselves drifting off while driving, and 5% having forgotten to pick up their child from school due to their tiredness, it’s clear the class is needed
  • The class is to initially be trialled at David Lloyd Sidcup on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017. Those interested in registering can do so here –


The frantic, stress-inducing nature of modern life means that few of us seem to get enough sleep, and if you’re a parent, regularly getting your full 40 winks becomes even more of a luxury. With this in mind, family fitness brand David Lloyd Clubs is launching ‘Napercise’ – a new type of wellbeing class for exhausted parents that consists of nothing but climbing into a bed and having a sleep.

Being trialled for the first time this weekend, the Napercise classes consist of 45-minute sleep sessions that are designed to help reinvigorate the mind, body, and even burn the odd calorie.

Upon arrival in the studio guests will find the spin-bikes swapped for single beds, and upbeat workout tunes ditched in favour of atmospheric sounds, to create the perfect environment for the soporific sessions to take place. The studio temperature will also be dropped to a level that promotes calorie burning during sleep. Napercisers will be invited to curl up in one of the beds and indulge in some restorative mid-afternoon shuteye, before continuing on with their day.

The development of Napercise is inspired by past academic studies into the important health benefits that napping in the day can bring1. This includes helping boost alertness, alleviate feelings of anxiety or stress, and improving your mood.

Kathryn Pinkham, Dreams Sleep Expert and founder of the Insomnia Clinic, commented: “Sleep is a lot more important than people realise. 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. 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."

Napercise arrives in the wake of research2 from David Lloyd Clubs among parents that found 86% admit to suffering from fatigue, with over a quarter (26%) regularly getting less than five hours of sleep a night. Stress and anxiety meanwhile were found to be the biggest reasons for lack of sleep (43%), followed by being kept up by babies/ children (26%) and long working hours (17%) in second and third respectively.


The negative repercussions this is having on people was also revealed with 70% confessing that a lack of sleep makes it difficult to complete their everyday tasks effectively. 19% admitted to having had a kip work, 11% have found themselves drifting off while driving, and 5% have even forgotten to pick up their child from school due to their tiredness, illustrating the seriousness of the issue and subsequent need for new steps to be taken to tackle the problem.


A spokesperson for David Lloyd Clubs said: “According to our research, 86% of parents admit to regularly suffering from fatigue which is alarmingly high when you consider the important role getting a good night’s sleep can play in our overall mental and physical and wellbeing. Here at David Lloyd Clubs, we’re always looking for new ways to tackle the issues that everyday families face, which is what ‘Napercise’ sets out to do. 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 programme to more of our clubs down the line.”


Napercise is to be held at David Lloyd Sidcup over the weekend Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April. People wishing to register to take part in the trial can do so by visiting Depending on the success of the trial, David Lloyd Clubs will also look into rolling out the sessions to more of its clubs across the UK in the future.


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For more information please contact [email protected] or 020 7234 9160


Notes to editors:

1 - Source: ‘Benefits of napping in healthy adults: impact of nap length, time of day, age, and experience with napping’, University of Pennsylvania -

2 - Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of David Lloyd Clubs in April 2017. 1,000 British parents of 0-18 year olds surveyed.


All beds for the activity were provided by Dreams.




About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 83 clubs in the UK and a further 12 clubs across Europe, comprising David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs.


It has approximately 486,000 members and employs 6,300 people.  This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800, while it contracts the services of more than 450 tennis professionals.


Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 155 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week.


Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure, 13,000 children learn to play in the Tennis All Stars Coaching Programme.


David 8Lloyd Club’s racquets facilities are unparalleled with 800 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts.


Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.



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