Mandatory Nap Time

Town to have an official afternoon nap time. Mayor says children must be kept inside between 2pm and 5pm.

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As a child, I detested naps. As an adult, I gladly welcome them, especially in this hot weather. Well, if I lived in Spain, they would be mandatory.

Joan Faus Vitoria, mayor of Ador in Valencia, has brought in official siestas (an afternoon rest or nap, especially one taken during the hottest hours of the day in a hot climate.) For three hours every day, locals are allowed to return home and go to sleep. The mayor has also asked that children not play outside and that workers not make noise during nap time.

The plan is to give workers a rest during the heat of the afternoon.

Now if a local were to break the rules of the official nap time, they won’t face any fines or penalties. The mayor says the nap time rules are merely suggestions.

Siestas are common in southern European countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece. But many northern European nations say afternoon napping puts them at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world as it has a negative impact on their economies.

So who is right?

Many scientists believe a nap could be the way to go. Some say an afternoon nap could repair the damage caused by a lack of sleep. Even a 30-minute snooze can help with stress relief, and it can boost the immune system by restoring hormones and proteins to normal levels.

What do you think? Would you participate in a mandatory nap time?

(sources: RYOT, Softpedia)

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