I 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?
· 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