Is this the exercise of every tired parent's dream?

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When you're a sleep-deprived parent, chances are you'll do almost anything for sweet, sweet, slumber. Would you pay for a nap, however?

If your answer is HELL YES! and you live in the UK, then you're in luck - gym chain David Lloyd is offering "Napercise" classes, for your sleeping pleasure.

The classes -which were first trialled over the weekend - are effectively a communal slumber party for parents, mid-afternoon "studio sleep sessions", which last 45 minutes. Basically, after a few stretches, nappers don their eye masks, climb between the sheets and rest in a temperature controlled room - free from blanket-hogging spouses. 

"The frantic nature of modern life means that few of us seem to get enough sleep, and if you're a parent, a good night's rest becomes even more of a luxury," the website reads.  The "group napping class" is designed for exhausted mums and dads, "to help boost their mental and physical wellbeing."

You'll even "burn the odd calorie" we're told - which is technically true given the body does burn calories while asleep.

According to a press release, the classes have been designed following research in the UK which found:

  • 86 per cent of parents admit to suffering from fatigue.
  • 26% regularly clock less than 5 hours sleep a night
  • 19% of tired parents admit to having had a nap at work 
  • 11% have found themselves drifting off while driving
  • 5% having forgotten to pick up their child from school due to their tiredness

The class itself is also research-based - developed in consultation with sleep expert Kathryn Pinkham. 

While the idea might seem ridiculous - paying for sleep (?!) -  the trial classes held over the weekend were fully booked. Maybe this "exercise" is indeed, every exhausted parent's dream.