Not only in Spain we find nap lovers, any excuses are welcome to take a rest!
After lunch go for «La siesta»

LA SIESTA, TYPICAL SPANISH. Few people take breakfast seriously, even many do not and dinner is usually light at the end of the day. But after noon meal, most of the body’s blood is focused on the stomach in order to make a good digestion. So, naturally, the brain enters a state of sleepiness that causes fatigue. This, together with the high temperatures that usually exist in Spain at noon. Especially in the summer months, makes doing any work or developing any activity either mental or physical is a complicated task. As a physiological response to daily activity, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., there is a fall in alertness. Since it is common that enough hours have passed since you woke up so that the brain begins to be tired .

For all this, in Spain we have the habit of taking a nap after eating.LA SIESTA, TYPICAL SPANISH. This means that most businesses and stores close between 2 pm and 4 pm so that their employees go home to eat and to avoid the midday heat while working. And although in Spain we are very accustomed to this pause and its schedules, for foreigners it is a cause of frustration. Since many have to walk around the city or take advantage of shopping at that time.


Between the 80s and 90s, NASA conducted a study with airplane pilots to find out if the nap really had as many benefits as those spoken or not. They made two groups of pilots: some would take a 40-minute nap for several days and others not. With this, they demonstrated that the brain activity of the pilots who slept was much better and more agile than that of those who did not sleep. Actually, different studies recommend taking a nap for a time of between 20 and 30 minutes. This is the ideal time to reduce drowsiness, promote alertness, improve cognitive functioning, reaction times and mood. In addition, the nap is also good for reducing blood pressure, which helps the heart. So WE JUST HAVE TO THANKS LA SIESTA, TYPICAL SPANISH TRADITION, BECAUSE ALL THIS GOOD THINGS.


So, after this, the time has come to take advantage of this day to take a nap. But first, some useful advice for napping: – Find a quiet place, with a pleasant temperature. – Also is important that there is silence or, at best, white noise. That is, because if there can be no total silence, the best thing is that your brain only receives noises such as the fan, the washing machine, the air conditioning …, so it will not be in operation all the time to receive information. – So it is better to take a nap lying down, since it is the natural position of sleep and most muscles you can relax, unlike when you are sitting. – And so if you want to wake up full of energy and no more tired than when you went to bed, take a nap between 20 and 30 minutes, do not lengthen it unnecessarily.