The art of the “siesta”


siesta4.jpegI love my naps…oh man I do. My whole family has taken it to a new levelartform.  My brother in law dutifully informed me he has never seen a woman take as many naps as my sister. I thought this was normal. When nature calls I answer. If I need to listen to my body I will……..ahhhhh yes…right now as I sit on the brink of doing overtime yet once again I can feel my lovely bed calling my name.

 So what is a siesta?

siesta

noun  synonyms: nap, sleep, rest, catnap, doze; inf. forty winks, snooze. Well, definitely for this gal it is all that and then some.  Sometimes when I have the urge to nap it can be anywhere from between a half hour to 3 hours…depends on how tired I am.  Just how it is.  Even our pets (all of ours) love to take naps. I love the feeling of lying down when you are wiped out and just snoozing away. Some say it is in our blood because of my Puerto Rican heritage but how do you explain dad? Yep, he loves his naps also.  How to sleep a Siesta: To fully enjoy a siesta it is very important to have a good lunch with friends or/and relatives.1. The real siesta takes place in bed and in pyjamas, but a comfortable sofa is also fine if no bed is not available. 2. Timing is very important. A siesta should last between 15-30 minutes, no more.3. Don’t let anything disturb you. The siesta is a very serious business. Some people can’t enjoy a siesta unless the TV or radio is on. If these kind of things help you to fall asleep, use them.4. The best way to wake up from a siesta is to hear a delicate human voice. If you don’t have anybody near, remember to use an alarm clock.Tips:· Right after the siesta, a glass of water and a piece of chocolate will make your life easier.

· Disconnect all telephones!

———————————-A siesta (IPA: /siːˈɛstə/, original Spanish pronunciation IPA: [ˈsjest̪a]) is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleepis a common tradition in some countries, particulary those where the weather is warm. The word siesta is Spanish, from the Latin hora sexta – “the sixth hour” (counting from dawn, therefore noon, hence “midday rest”).The siesta is the traditional daily sleep of the Iberian peninsula and, through Spanish influence, of Latin American countries. Afternoon sleep is also a common habit in the Proshop Philippines, China, India, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Malta, the Middle East and North Africa. In these countries, the heat can be unbearable in the early afternoon, making a midday break in the comfort of one’s home ideal. However, in some countries where naps are taken, such as Northern Spain, Southern Argentina, and Chile, the climate is similar to that of Canada and Northern Europe. Besides the climate, in many countries with this habit it is common to have the largest meal of the day in the afternoon, in contrast with other countries where only a lighter lunch is taken.The original concept of a siesta was merely that of a midday break. This break was intended to allow people time to be spent with their friends and family.

Others suggest that the long length of the modern siesta dates back to the Spanish Civil War, when poverty resulted in many Spaniards working multiple jobs at irregular hours, pushing back meals to later in the afternoon and evening.1 However, this hypothesis sounds unlikely, considering that the siesta tradition is very common in Latin America and other countries with Hispanic influence, much before the Spanish Civil War.Although colonized by Portugal, being part of South America, and clearly dominated by equatorial to tropical climate, Brazil stands in glaring cultural contrast in regard to the adoption of an afternoon nap.Websites: http://www.donquijote.org/culture/spain/siesta/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siesta

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2 thoughts on “The art of the “siesta”

  1. Taking a siesta in Granda during the summer is pure heaven…waking up and opening the curtains to see the mountains and hills around change shape and colour with the changing position of the sun, and with that walking onto the balcony, the air changes it scent because the flowers let out a different scent in the evening. Its simply magical and like a dream of heaven…One arabic poet in the 12th Century wrote about Granada saying “She is the bride unveiled whilst others are just the dowry”…to true.

    I miss Granada

  2. That does sound beautiful. I have always wanted to travel to gorgeous exotic locations. I had the fortune to visit the Middle East but I still suffer from wander lust. :^)

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