• wellness
  • napping
  • Nap York
  • Manhattan
  • sleep
  • power nap
  • travelers
  • Visitors can pay $15 for a 30-minute nap or up to $250 a month for a membership that includes five naps per week.
  • Studies have shown that naps improve
  • immune health
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  • energy
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  • cognitive function
  • , and
  • emotional control
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A few blocks from Times Square, in the middle of one of New York City's busiest neighborhoods, sits an urban oasis where sleep-deprived New Yorkers can swap their shoes for slippers, drink a cup of tea — and take a nap.

That's the idea behind Nap York, which opened in February, offering 30-minute naps in sleep pods for $10. Seven months later, prices have risen slightly to $15 for half an hour, and there are additional options for monthly memberships.

For $35 a month, you can pop into Nap York for one 30-minute nap per week. The priciest membership is the $250 a month Gold Premium, which includes five naps — up to 90 minutes each — per week. You can also book a longer nap that starts at 3 hours for $50 with each additional hour for $7. The pods are strictly single occupancy. Visitors can also take a shower, get a massage, or relax in one of the hammocks on the roof.

Reza Moreno, community director for Nap York, told Business Insider that a large chunk of their visitors are travelers who need a place to sleep for a few hours during their layover at a nearby airport.

But Nap York is not a hotel, she stressed. Visitors can't book multiple long sleep sessions in a row.

During the day, Nap York sees office workers who pop in for a half-hour power nap on their lunch breaks. In the summertime, some sweaty New Yorkers even dropped by just to take a shower before a business meeting.

Here's what it's like inside Nap York.

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