Siesta (from Spanish) is a notion, which denotes the state of the afternoon nap. It is more inherent to the countries with the hot climate, such as Spain, the Philippines, Greece, Italy, and Nigeria.
From Latin “siesta” means the 6th hour or the noon.
The tradition to take a “midday” nap originates from ancient Islam. It was also mentioned in Koran and was regularly “used” by the Romans.
In modern Greece, it’s highly recommended to keep silence from 2 till 3 – 5 pm. It is said that the one, who sleeps well – works well either. Siesta makes all banks, shops, offices, stores, and restaurants “fall asleep” for some hours. Moreover, this “quiet time” is regulated by the law. Athens seems to be a slight exception because of the tourists.
It’s natural for a person to feel a bit sleepy after a hearty dinner. Moreover, it’s is natural for a human body to feel slightly tired, if a person wakes up very early. The geographical location also has the influence on these countries. The heat comes to its peak and makes all alive creatures hide from high temperatures.
A short nap (approximately 30 minutes) does miracles for a body:
If you don’t have a wish to sleep all day long during vacation, just try to not to use the radio to avoid extra noise and do not speak in a loud voice.