Top 10 countries addicted to the siesta, a beautiful principle of life

Unfortunately, we are not all equal when it comes to naps. Some countries have become pioneers, establishing the after-lunch snooze as a way of life in its own right.

1. Xiu-xiu in China

The Chinese have the siesta in their skin and especially in their constitution. In 1948, this big lazy Mao indeed decided to establish the right of workers to rest in article 43 of the Chinese constitution. And as in China we don’t mess with the law, all workers have since been required to take a short 30-minute snooze after having lunch. A phenomenon that regularly transforms Chinese IKEA stores into gigantic improvised dormitories!

2. Inemuri in Japan

Inemuri means in Japanese “to sleep while one is present”. Clearly, if a Japanese person takes a nap, it must be in the eyes of all. Especially in the office where it is well seen to see bosses and employees fall asleep in meetings because it is proof that they work a lot… Some would even pretend to pitch down just to look good. They are definitely very weird these Japanese!

3. Napping in the United States

52% of Americans take naps regularly, 33% of them at work. A practice favored by some companies because it would improve the working atmosphere (excluding snoring), boost productivity, and above all… limit coffee consumption!

4. Siesta in Spain

The lunch break in Spain lasts between 2 and 3 hours compared to 45 minutes on average in other European countries. Enough to take a quick snooze to last until 8 p.m. and the end of the working day. Except that the sacrosanct Spanish siesta is now on borrowed time. The current government would indeed like to impose on companies to close their doors at 6 p.m. sharp, even if it means denying the traditional midday siesta.

5. The villainous siesta in Quebec

The word siesta is one of Quebec’s little linguistic eccentricities. In K-Maro’s language, “nap” can mean a party of legs in the air! There are even hotels that offer special nap rates… sometimes a sudden urge crosses your spine.

6. Bhat Ghum in Bangladesh

Also nicknamed “rice sleep”, this siesta originally allowed peasants to rest their lower backs after long hours of work. Today, the term applies to all workers who need to recharge their batteries after their lunch break, whether in the back of a tuk-tuk or a patched-up fisherman’s canoe.

7. Laos and its cool lifestyle

An old colonial saying goes: “The Vietnamese plant the rice, the Khmers watch it grow, the Laotians listen to it grow and the Chinese sell it. » Basically, the Laotians are big lazy people and they are quite right since everything belongs to the state. Whether they work hard or not, they never see the fruits of their labor. So they spend part of their time dozing off. Do not be surprised, for example, if in a shop, when paying, a note at the checkout invites you to leave the amount corresponding to your purchase… generally, the saleswoman is right behind taking a sum.

8. Germany because they get up early

The Germans are early risers (6:23 a.m. on average) but also early bedtimes (22:47 on average). Between the two, they are 22% to allow themselves at least 3 times a week a short nap. A union even tried a few years ago to pass a law that would have allowed employees to take naps in their workplace. Obviously without much success. But the Germans don’t care; they are already among the Europeans who spend the least time at work (1,356 hours per year compared to, for example, 1,526 in France)!

9. Norway and Sweden love outdoor siestas

This practice is rather reserved for brats. From their first months, they find themselves taking a nap outside, even when the temperatures drop and flirt with zero points. It is not uncommon to see rows of prams outside buildings. A practice that would, among other things, prevent babies from suffering from pollution inside homes.

10. France and its National Assembly

Arguably the best place in the world to take a siesta. Also works by sticking in front of the Public-Sénat chain.

Top 10 countries addicted to the siesta, a beautiful principle of life
Picture credits: Screenshot of a tweet from EELV MP Denis Baupin (@Denis_Baupin)

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