Spain Holds National Siesta Competition

Hundreds of people in Spain are participating in championship matches in the grueling sport of competitive napping. The National Association of Friends of the Siesta is hosting the event in order to promote the practice of the siesta. Here's how the event is judged:

Ruz then went to the competition area. A doctor attached a pulse meter to her chest so the judge, sitting in a lifeguard-type chair overlooking the five sofas, could tell whether she's really asleep.

In this competition, the siesta is limited to 20 minutes, a duration which the organizers and some doctors say is optimal; a quick nap after lunch to get refreshed, without entering a deep sleep cycle.[...]

The intricate rules award points to contestants depending on how long they sleep during the 20-minute competition time, any unusual positions they sleep in, eye-catching pajamas they might be wearing, and yes, a lot of extra points for snoring.

Link via Althouse | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user das911s used under Creative Commons license

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The fact is napping during summer in Spain specially in the south it's a need because it's too hot to work so you only can sleep.

After at night you can't go to sleep because you had a nap in the afternoon so you go out at the terrace in a bar till late.

Next day in the afternoon it's too hot to work , and you feel sleepy , so we start all over again.

I some towns they had special laws for the napping time:

No noisy teenage motorbikes allowed in town
No bells from the church

best regards from Barcelona
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