"National Siesta Day is one day in the year when we can all close our eyes for 10-20 minutes during our normal lunch break without fear of criticism. Even 5 minutes can be beneficial! Company bosses are encouraged to let their staff have a nap as part of their normal lunch break, avoiding disruption to work."
Siestas are certainly in the news. My former Madrid-based colleague in my pre-shedworking life Elizabeth Nash writes in The Independent that Spanish hotels are cashing in on siestas as the siesta is being rebranded as essential for spiritual wellbeing and a balanced life. She writes:
"Hoteliers in the southern hotspot of Seville are trying to lure visitors back from the beach by offering rooms between 3pm and 7pm at 30 per cent of the normal rate, to slumber through the hottest hours. The idea is that you emerge refreshed to enjoy the late afternoon, sunset and after dark, which Spaniards savour as the best time of the day. As part of the campaign, which has adopted the slogan: "After eating I sleep", you can even book your afternoon snooze from the very restaurant where you enjoy your leisurely, wine-soaked lunch."
We'll be celebrating here at Shedworking accordingly.