Siesta: a Luxury or a Necessity?

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Siesta: a Luxury or a Necessity?

Don’t you sometimes dream of a chance to take a post-lunch nap at work? Then you should immediately start browsing through job offers in Spain! 

😴 When Can I Siesta?

Midday Spain is calm and relaxed, even on a busiest workday – thanks to the famous siesta. In the period from 2 pm till 5 pm Spain literally shuts down to allow its citizens to have a rest and get ready to resume their activities in the evening. Siesta causes a lot of confusion among tourists, since many of them choose to shop for souvenirs or go sightseeing at the exact same time and the only sight they really get to see is the empty streets and closed shops…

😴 S is for Sleep

Okay, now let’s get down to the essence of the notion. 

Definition of siesta from Oxford Dictionaries
Definition of siesta from Oxford Dictionaries

Translated from Spanish as a short nap, in fact, siesta lingers much, much longer. But the duration is a necessity, not a whim. The temperature reaches its peak at 2 pm, so the Spanish simply have to outsit the 3 scorching hours only to reemerge at their workplaces at 5 pm, when the heat has already subsided. 

 

 

😴 Force of Habit

Although known in many places by a different name, siesta has spread through regions with the same sweltering midday conditions: the Middle East, the Philippines, North Africa, and South America. Some of those regions, though, have adopted the siesta schedule as a luxury feature – they don’t really have a necessity to hide in the comfort of their homes for 3 hours in a row, as the weather is never that hot. For example, Mexico abolished siesta in 1944 but those who can have it still do. And why wouldn't they? The broken working day gives people an opportunity to spend more time with their families. For them, siesta has crystalized into a nice habit, hasn’t it?

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