Do You Need A Siesta?

Mexico is famed for the afternoon siesta. Traditionally, the siestas can last for as long as two hours. This is in part to simply avoid working during the hottest part of the day, when the temperatures rise to dangerous levels, making it difficult to work outside.

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina, MA

Traditionally, the siesta starts with a large, filling meal, followed by a short period of visiting, and finally, a nap. Recently, naps have often been disparaged by over caffeinated hard workers. However there is a growing movement including some big companies who are promoting a midafternoon nap among employees.

Now is this just a good excuse to take an hour off work, or is it really a necessity? While there is some debate, here are a few benefits to napping:

  • More energy
  • Improve productivity by over 30%
  • Improve alertness by up to 100%
  • Reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34%
  • Better negotiation and communication
  • Reduce risk of accidents at work and on the road
  • Happiness and wellbeing

There is evidence that naps date back to the  Roman era. Interestingly, there are stories that Napoleon napped between battles while sitting on his horse. Napoleon wasn’t alone! Some very famous and productive people believed in napping:

  • Leonardo de Vinci
  • Thomas Edison
  • Margret Thatcher
  • Winston Churchill
  • John F Kennedy
  • Bill Clinton

We’d like to watch anyone argue against naps with that potent lineup. In fact, Albert Einstein took micro naps all day long which lasted a few minutes to a few seconds. He would hold a pencil as he dozed until the sound it made when it slipped through his fingers would rouse him.

Mexico might not have been the first to use the midday nap but they sure did it right. Remember, the key is to eat some excellent authentic Mexican food first. Come relax with us at Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina. Take a quick nap after enjoying your authentic Mexican meal, you earned it—and you will actually be more productive.