I am not sure what is happening to me…
After lunch, between about 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm, I feel tired. Really tired.
Is this an ageing thing? I hate it.
I have even been known to sneak upstairs on a Sunday afternoon and have a crafty sieste.
I am one of those annoying people who can sleep anywhere, anytime.
I lie down, fall asleep immediately, and wake up ten minutes later totally refreshed.
I have discovered that if I do have a 10-minute nap, I can work much later in the evening, and need less sleep at night.
BUT, it doesn’t feel right to doze at 1.30 in the afternoon… so, I have changed my daily routines.
I used to do all my housework in the morning, then work at my desk from 10.30 until 4.30… but, as I now seem to be falling asleep between 1 pm and 2.30 pm, I have changed everything round and I do my housework or a bit of gardening straight after lunch: it is more difficult to fall asleep whilst hoeing carrots or hoovering!
I happened to mention the fact that I feel a bit drowsy after lunch to Michelle, the mother of one of Iona’s friends.
“Don’t worry”, she confided, “I often shut my office door at work and take a quick nap.”
“Really?” I said, quite shocked, trying to imagine what would have happened if I had shut my office door in Central London for a nap!
“Yes, everyone does it. I have a friend who naps every day in his office. He sets an alarm on his mobile to wake him up!
Why do you think all the shops and offices close between midday and 2.30 pm? You are becoming French… just go with it!”
I wonder if I should mention this need for a sieste at our next meeting concerning our French Nationality application, as proof that we are becoming more French!
Ah, the siesta! This beloved tradition is all about hitting the pause button in the middle of the day, usually after lunch, to catch a little shuteye. Originating from Spain and parts of Latin America, siesta time is that sweet spot in the afternoon when businesses close down, and streets become eerily quiet as people retreat to the comfort of their homes or hammocks. It’s not just about snoozing, though; it’s a whole cultural vibe that embraces relaxation and taking life at a slower pace.
Think about it – in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, how often do we get to say, “You know what? I’m going to take a break and recharge for a bit”? Not often, right? But siesta culture gets it. It’s like a collective agreement that it’s okay to put your feet up and let the world wait for a moment. And it’s not just for the fun of it; there’s science behind it too. A quick nap can boost your brainpower, improve mood, and even enhance creativity.
So, while the idea of shutting down in the middle of the day might seem odd in our 24/7 world, there’s something undeniably appealing about embracing this time-honoured tradition of rest. Whether it’s a short nap or just a quiet moment of relaxation, the essence of siesta is something we could all use a little more of in our lives.