Monday, 28. July 2014
28. 05. 14. - 16:00
Sleep and relaxation are things of the past in the new fast-paced, go-getting China. So now people are taking classes in kicking back in order to survive the rat race.
Here some 30 people are crammed in a tiny room on benches. They perform relaxation exercises, meditation and feng shui before being encouraged to lie on top of one another and go to sleep.
Most of the volunteers are white-collar workers who claim that 14 hour days are nothing. They abuse alcohol and drugs because of the pressure and say that old fashioned sleep is a rarity.
The course in Changsha city in south China's Hunan province bills itself as the "sleeping course". Trainer Tang Tang, 35, said: "It is the white collar worker who suffers most. The bosses in the offices are putting more and more pressure on them to work longer hours.
"Words like stress, burnout and workplace anxiety were foreign terms in China only a decade ago. But as the country continues on the giant hamster wheel of consumer capitalism, more and more people are falling prey to the western maladies.
"People really do need to learn to get to sleep otherwise they will crash and burn - and so will the economy. Humans spend a third of their life asleep - because we need to. So it is only to be expected that these people in the class are craving for this relief."
Such sleep classes have also started up in Beijing and Shanghai.
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