Discover the origin of the siesta

We can think of no better way to kick off our Blog that dedicating a few lines to one of the oldest and most healthy habits: the history and origin of the NAP.

Although some plan to give Spain the origin of this necessary and healthy habit would be a mistake, the NAP is not “Made in Spain”, is a fantastic tradition also practiced by other many Mediterranean peoples of other continents.

The origin of the siesta dates back to ancient Rome and its division of days 12 hours. The hours start depended on the light and the time of year, so hours were not distributed in the same way in summer than in winter.

Given the distribution of hours “the sixth hour” corresponded to half of the day, i.e. the central time of the day light and certainly the warmest, reason by which was chosen by the Romans to pause in its obligations, dedicating it to rest and relaxation.

Later will be San Benito, monk and Benedictine abbot NAP pattern and pattern of Europe!, who implant a rule stating to keep rest and silence “the sixth hour”, which with the passage of time shall be taken with taste by the rest of us and will result in the current tradition of making the NAP.

Can you imagine the NAP at the office? Is not a dream! Large companies aware of its benefits and aware that it improves concentration and increases labor productivity, bet and invest in spaces for this purpose.

About the NAP and its benefits there are large studies conducted and supported by numerous experts, cardiologists, specialists in sleep disorders, researchers at NASA… but over that we’ll talk another day. For the moment from Evercasa we invite you to close your eyes, put aside your mobile device, balance, get carried away by your Hamacon and… sweet dreams!


El origen de la siesta

Manuela Caro Gómez
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