New Delhi, August 8: Ever heard of ‘nap cafés’? Well, they do exist. Nap café is a place where a jet-lagged traveler is welcome to take a power nap in the middle of the day. From Tokyo to London, lists of cities have embraced the idea of ‘nap cafes’. One of the newest additions is Madrid, which saw the opening of Spain’s first sleep café earlier this summer, called Siesta & Go.
For about US$16, customers can retreat to a private bedroom and squeeze in a power nap during their lunch hour. The Zen Bar a Sieste in Paris also offers locals a quiet retreat in the middle of the bustling city, with massage chairs that invite guests to indulge in a snooze, and other services like foot massages, fish pedicures and Shiatsu massages designed to de-stress their guests.
In Seoul, South Korea, where employees work notoriously long hours, one of the leading cafes in the business is Mr. Healing, with 60 locations across the country. Be it a micro-siesta of 15 minutes, or a more luxurious one-hour doze, nap or “healing” cafes as they’re better known locally, offer sleep-deprived locals a chance to recharge in the afternoon — a service that has become increasingly popular for everyone from office workers to new moms.
While the nap café trend is penetrating deep in the South Korean culture, in other cities it operates as a working experiment. London, for instance, has seen its fair of pop-up nap stations over the last few years, set up as promotional gimmicks from mattress companies and design companies.
Last year, Londoners got a Nap Station equipped with power nap pods, beds, free Wifi and coffee at the Old Truman Brewery. To mark World Sleep Day back in March, Nescafe Harajuku partnered with a bedding company to open a pop-up nap cafe in Tokyo in the spring. At the end of their power nap, guests were given a cup of Nescafe coffee to get on with their day.
Ain't this service going to last long in India? Let's hope to receive our 'first' nap cafe soon!