(Migrated weblog post from LSR)
Up to not long ago, everybody thought that a well established custom like the Spanish siesta was just made up for lazy people so that they would have a good excuse with which they could avoid work or the heat during the course of the day. However, that preconception may have changed already. At least, that is what can be read in this interesting article: Power Napping for Improved Productivity.
According to the article researchers have found that it is actually quite a productive task taking an afternoon nap of between 20 to 30 minutes in order to then improve your alertness for the rest of the day. And although I actually never thought about it I am glad to hear we will finally be able to get rid of that negative connotation for something that could well be very beneficial all along.
Here in Spain the siesta has always been popular not only to avoid the high temperatures during the course of the early afternoon, specially in summer times, but also as a way to unwind from whatever is happening around yourself so that you can gain focus again whenever you try to come back to your daily tasks. And although I must say that during the course of the week I do not make much use of the siestas I find them really comforting over the weekend, so I eventually take one or two throughout.
And since we always seem to be looking out for scientific proof of almost everything Power Napping for Improved Productivity actually provides us with some kind of certainty that many other cultures have already been enjoying for quite a few years now. About time ! 😉