Goodbye Siestas?

A friend told me that the tradition of “siestas” in Europe may be waning, and I checked online, and sure enough that appears to be the case, at least in Spain. According to a BBC news article:

But the country’s corporate culture now spurns the idea of daytime dozing as being unproductive, and the siesta is fast becoming an endangered institution.

I have a siesta of sorts. Every day, during my lunch break, I close the door to my office, eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich, read for 20 minutes, and the spend the rest of my lunch hour, napping. I’ve been doing it for a while now, and it is amazingly refreshing. I usually fall into a deep sleep within a few minutes and wake up 29 minutes later. It’s great. I can see how the folks in Spain would be upset about losing their siestas. I’d hate to lose mine.

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Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.