Nap York

May 15, 2018

Remember being in Kindergarten and having to take a nap? I think it’s safe to say the majority of us took that scheduled little break for granted. Adult life – especially in a city that never sleeps like Manhattan – has a way of keeping the mind-body balance just out of reach. However, a new wellness club has popped up in New York.

Nap York is an oasis for busy New Yorkers (located right outside of Penn Station) and is designed to be a “quiet place to concentrate deliberately on yourself”. They are in a sleek 3 story velvety black building that’s open 24 hours. They have everything from nap pods, plant walls, a café, charging stations, and even yoga and meditation classes. Even if you don’t want to necessarily nap, they have other amenities like their café (yes they serve food and coffee) where you can comfortably hang out and reboot so you can hit the rest of your day with a fresh start. Unlike going to other overcrowded coffee shops and barely being able to find a seat.

Sleep and the importance of getting high quality rest has been a rising topic in wellness (everything from sleep and meditation apps, to making your sleeping space more green). Wellness and medical pros across the board emphasize the nature of restoring energy levels naturally, rather than continuously relying on that double shot of espresso. As silly as it may sound, napping even just for a few minutes has extensive health benefits. Harvard Medical School just put out a study that documented, “napping increased the time spent in slow-wave and rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, which are thought to play important roles in restoring the body and brain. Whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed measureable cognitive benefits.”

I know a lot of you are thinking, “So how much is this going to cost me?” and to my surprise not a whole lot. A stand-alone sleep pod is $12 for 30 minutes, their rooftop hammock is $15 for 1 hour, their desk spaces are $10 for 30 minutes, and their yoga classes run about $10-$20 per session while their meditation classes run about $10-$15 per session. They even have a Tesla car service that can take you to the airport. This concept is pretty new to the United States however, I think it’s great that there’s a growing market for services like this. If you’re in need of a genuinely restful midday break, you might want to consider this.