Power Naps for Sale in Brazil

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Brazilians in Rio de Janiero are tired: The country's booming economy has triggered long work hours, more stress, and less sleep for many of its citizens.

That's where 'A Break for the Mind' comes in. It's a new storefront in downtown Rio that offers napping space for workers at $10 for 15 minutes. The owner of the shop, a former lawyer, was inspired to create the tranquil haven after she took a trip across Asia, and was struck by a more relaxed set of cultural rhythms. The shop consists of dimly-lit napping rooms where sleepy customers can listen to mellow forest sounds, curl up with a blanket, and doze off in a large padded chair.

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Elizabeth Weingarten is an editorial assistant at the New America Foundation. A former Slate editorial assistant, she also previously wrote for and produced the Atlantic's International Channel.

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