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Chileans recharge their batteries at nap hotel

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 - 01:16

Oct. 3 - Busy workers and executives find respite from the hustle and bustle of the work day at a nap hotel in downtown Santiago. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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When you feel like your heads going to hit the desk and another cup of coffee just won't cut it, this nap hotel in downtown Santiago will give you the energy you need to finish out your nine to five. Mi Espacio, Spanish for My Space, is offering power naps, massages and other therapies, so Chileans can relax and recharge during the workday. It's the first of its kind in the capital and owner Karin Shirmer said the concept is catching on. (SOUNDBITE) Karin Shirmer, owner, Mi Espacio, saying (Spanish): "The second week seven people came and now we get more than ten people a day. And truthfully, the people have welcomed it and are really happy." Naps last between 30 and 45 minutes, offering just enough shut-eye to give a boost of energy, but not long enough to wake up in a sleepy haze. A 30 minute snooze costs just over $10 U.S. dollars. Other nap hotels have popped up in the U.S., Japan, Australia and Argentina, proving popular as some studies show that a short siesta helps workers increase productivity at the office.

Chileans recharge their batteries at nap hotel

Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 - 01:16

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