The famous Spanish siesta


¡Espero que estés bien! / I hope you’re doing well! 

I am sure you have heard about the famous Spanish siesta…

So, picture this – it’s the afternoon in Spain, the sun is blazing and the temperature  is unbearable…it’s then when the siesta comes to the rescue! The siesta is a delightful afternoon rest or nap that has deep historical and cultural roots. Let’s dive into this charming Spanish tradition!

1 – Spain’s climate can be quite hot and arid, especially during the afternoon hours. The midday temperatures can become unbearable, making it difficult to carry on with outdoor activities or work during that time. But the siesta is the perfect remedy! It allows people to take a break and avoid the hottest part of the day.

2 – The siesta isn’t just about escaping the heat – it’s a tradition that goes way back in time! Ancient civilizations, like the Greeks and Romans, recognized the benefits of resting during the sweltering hours, and that’s how it all began.

What’s the optimal Spanish siesta sleep time?

As a weekend siesta expert I can say the optimal time is just a 20minute sleep(right before your sleep cycle begins) or 1 and a half hours! (When the sleep cycle is completed) anything in between will make you feel groggy. I am a 20minute nap person! And you’ll say that’s what it take me to fall asleep! It’s all about practice.

What is the Spanish siesta time?

It’s always right after Spanish lunch. Spaniards usually have a siesta between three and five in the afternoon. Not later than that!

3 – As a tribute to its agricultural heritage, the siesta provided a practical way for workers to rest during the hottest part of the day. After all, Spain was once primarily an agricultural society, and the siesta allowed laborers to recharge and return to their tasks with renewed energy.

4 – But here’s the beautiful part – the siesta isn’t just about practicality; it’s also a cultural heritage that lasts generations. It’s an opportunity to take a break, spend quality time with family, and savour a relaxed meal.  

Now, things have evolved a bit over the years. Traditional Spanish work hours used to include a long lunch break, accommodating the siesta. But with modernization and globalization, work patterns have changed, especially in urban areas. Some businesses have moved away from the traditional siesta practice, embracing more standard working hours.

I hope you found this journey into the world of the siesta as delightful as I do! Would you be up to include this Spanish tradition into your daily life?

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