Studio brings nap time back for working adults

Posted at 1:59 PM, Dec 07, 2018

Do you ever wish you could sneak away from work for a quick power nap to recharge? One yoga studio in Washington, D.C. is offering just that.

"It's really rejuvenating,” says power napper Audrey Neff. “Honestly, better than a massage for me."

Neff works in a hospital as a child therapist. And at least once a week, around lunch time, you can find her relaxing at Recharj Studio.

"I don't think I could do my job if I didn't take breaks and kinda let myself reset, so I feel like if I don't do that, I’m doing a disservice, I guess, to my patients," Neff says.

Since sleeping at work isn’t acceptable, Neff shows up, lays down in her cubby and turns out the lights.

The concept is pretty simple. You sign up for a class and pay a small fee, before finding your cubby to recharge.

"They come here because it's not only going to help reenergize them, but a lot of them have clarity when they return to work,” explains sleep guide and meditation instructor Paige Lichens.

Classes at this studio are $9 for a 25-minute power nap, or you can pay $14 to have an instructor like Lichens guide you in meditation called Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra.

"It rests them at a deeper level,” says Lichens. “Sometimes, [more] than even taking a nap would.”  

Places like Recharj Studio are popping up in big cities, including Chicago, New York and D.C.

"It's almost like I got 8 hours of sleep in some ways,” says Neff.

The classes help hard-working, sleep-deprived people like Neff take a mental break before heading back to work.

“I feel like a new person every time I walk out of here,” Neff says.