12 June 2014

On the Rejuvenating Nature of Naps

There was a time when Latin cultures incorporated down time into the daily routine. Siesta was prevelant throughout the world as a result of the Spanish colonizations. From Madrid to Manilla, from noon until three or even four, quiet reigned the afternoon.

Here in the Southwest, siesta remained ingrained in the culture until World War II. Businesses
closed during the hottest period of the day, allowing their workers to rest, catch up, and slow down to avoid heat exhaustion.

It's a grand idea. When the outside temperatures are 107 to 110, it's toasty. Moving through the heat takes more energy, wears you down, and makes you sleepy. So it's a great time to take a nap.

And so I think I shall.

Happy writing,

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