Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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Bring back the siesta!!
A little more than a year ago I mourned the slow disappearance of the siesta from Spain:
[I]t seems hard to dispute the notion that the siesta is a thoroughly inefficient way of inserting break times into the working day. So the economist in me accepts this as wise policy.It turns out there may be another negative externality associated with eliminating the siesta -- according to Stephen Smith of the Boston Globe:
In a study released yesterday, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and in Athens reported that Greeks who took regular 30-minute siestas were 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease over a six-year period than those who never napped. The scientists tracked more than 23,000 adults, finding that the benefits of napping were most pronounced for working men.Well, confirm them, for Pete's sake!
posted by Dan on 02.13.07 at 08:28 AM
"confirm them, for Pete's sake! "
They would, but they're, y'know, napping.
SSHHH!posted by: Doug on 02.13.07 at 08:28 AM [permalink]
Air conditioning getting that commonplace?
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