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No nap rooms planned for US Embassy in London: State Department officials

WASHINGTON -- Despite a promise from the U.S. ambassador to London to look into creating nap rooms in the U.S. Embassy, stuffy State Department officials Tuesday nixed the idea.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun was only being, well, "diplomatic" when he told Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington that he would consider the proposal she made during a private visit to the embassy on Monday.

Huffington had "touted the productivity benefits of getting more sleep, something we can probably all attest to, and urged the ambassador to follow the Huffington Post's example of installing nap rooms," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

"The ambassador graciously and diplomatically said he would look into it," she told reporters.

"While we are not considering establishing nap rooms at Embassy London or any of our diplomatic missions at this time, we obviously think that work-life balance is important," Harf said, adding she too one day "will attempt to find it."

The Huffington Post reported the suggestion had been given "an enthusiastic reception" by the embassy staff, and Barzun had said he would "look at nap room locations."

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