Is it good to take a nap?

Although in other countries they believe that Spaniards take a nap every day, surveys say otherwise. However, whether you are one of those who are used to it or those who are not, we are going to try to analyze what are the benefits or disadvantages of this habit.

According to some surveys, Almost 60% of Spaniards never take a nap while only 18% only do it sometimes.

Taking a nap is not always beneficial if we do it at a bad time and even if we spend time.

However, the siesta can be beneficial to relax, improve our mood and performance or reduce our fatigue, among others.

However, there are people who do not sleep well after eating for different reasons such as not having that time or not feeling comfortable if you do not sleep at home or in bed, among others. But, in addition, there are for whom napping can mean:

  • Increased drowsiness: waking up after a nap may feel disoriented or groggy.
  • Insomnia: If you have trouble falling asleep at night, it is preferable not to take a nap as you could increase this problem.
  • Diabetes: there is data that associate an increased risk of suffering some diseases such as type II diabetes with napping.

For all this and, since adults do not need to sleep longer than at nightIn front of the children, the siesta is not as recommendable as we think.

Is it good to take a nap?

However, there are some cases in which it is recommended:

  • Those people who have sudden fatigue or unexpected drowsiness.
  • Yes work night shifts, it may be beneficial to sleep before starting it.

If you still want to take a nap yes or yes, it is important that you are do not exceed 10 or 20 minutes at most and that they are first thing in the afternoon, as otherwise it could interfere with your night’s sleep.

Origin of the siesta

Although it is a topic that has been awarded to us Spaniards, the truth is that has its origin in Italy.

The word siesta comes from the Latin sixth. The Romans used to rest at the sixth hour of the day, which corresponds to the mealtime. This custom fit perfectly with the traditional Spanish working day and that is why we Spaniards adopted it, although, as the data indicates, it is not practiced as much as they say about us.