The important business of napping

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woman sleeping Correspondent Li Jiejun gets some shut eye at one of Hong Kong’s new nap salons.

Napping is a serious matter for some in Hong Kong, but finding a tranquil space is hard in the expensive and cramped city. Some enterprising companies are now taking steps to make a quick snooze their business.

CCTV’s Li Jiejun reported from Hong Kong.

The important business of napping

The important business of napping

Napping is a serious matter in Hong Kong, but finding a tranquil space is hard in the cramped city. Some enterprising companies are now making a quick snooze their business.
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The Nap Lounge is a new lunchtime haven for hangover sufferers. Bleary-eyed professionals can come to take a rest in the middle of a hectic day.

They can reserve a cabin for a 15-minute power nap at about HKD40 ($5 USD), or book for a more refreshing one-hour recharge which costs around HKD 100 ($13 USD).

There are slippers, eye-masks, magazines and free Wi-Fi in the room. Coffee and snacks are also available for when customers wake up.

A recent survey showed that people in Hong Kong work the most overtime in Asia.

Nineteen percent of workers put in an extra six to eight hours a week, while 20 percent work an extra four to six.

Many people in Hong Kong don’t make a habit of napping, but for some it’s rather important. After all, a 30-minute rest can make all the difference to how the rest of the day goes.&

Chillazy, another fashionable place to “chillax,” is growing in popularity among young people.

It costs HKD 60($8 USD) for the first hour on work days, and additional half hours are charged at HKD15. If you pay the rate for a 3-hour session, you can stay as long as you like.

It’s an oasis in one of the city’s busiest industrial areas.

Paying to take a nap is a new concept in Hong Kong, but more and more people are embracing the idea. While it’s enjoying a boom in popularity now, it remains to be seen whether paying to nap will become big business in the eternally busy metropolis.


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