Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Siesta

Siesta is that early afternoon nap. Often seen as a symbol of laziness in our modern society where companies want us to work continuously while only taking a short break for lunch, siesta is all the opposite of laziness. In fact, science has shown that we are biologically hardwired for siesta and that this rest makes us far more productive and vigilant in the afternoon.

Due to the different phases of sleep involved, a siesta should not exceed 30 minutes. Otherwise, it would take you a long time to get to your senses again. As it happens, 30 minutes is also the time it takes for coffee to take effect. So, you can optimize your siestas by having a cup of coffee just before you take your rest.

Science in action!

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