Siesta

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A siesta (Spanish, meaning "nap") is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal.wikipedia
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Nap

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A siesta (Spanish, meaning "nap") is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal.
Other cultures (especially those in hot climates) serve their largest meals at midday, with allowance for a nap period (siesta) afterward before returning to work.

Sleep

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Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, particularly those where the weather is warm.
The siesta habit has recently been associated with a 37% lower coronary mortality, possibly due to reduced cardiovascular stress mediated by daytime sleep.

Power nap

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In the United States, the United Kingdom, and a growing number of other countries, a short sleep has been referred to as a "power nap", a term coined by Cornell University social psychologist James Maas and recognized by other research scientists such as Sara Mednick as well as in the popular press.

Meal

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A siesta (Spanish, meaning "nap") is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal.

Mediterranean Basin

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The siesta is historically common throughout the Mediterranean and Southern Europe and Mainland China.

Southern Europe

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The siesta is historically common throughout the Mediterranean and Southern Europe and Mainland China.

Mainland China

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The siesta is historically common throughout the Mediterranean and Southern Europe and Mainland China.

Spain

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It is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain and, through Spanish influence, the Philippines, and many Hispanic American countries.

Philippines

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It is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain and, through Spanish influence, the Philippines, and many Hispanic American countries.

Hispanic America

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It is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain and, through Spanish influence, the Philippines, and many Hispanic American countries.

Dalmatia

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In Dalmatia (coastal Croatia), the traditional afternoon nap is known as pižolot (from Venetian pixolotto).

Spanish language

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The Spanish word siesta derives originally from the Latin word hora sexta "sixth hour" (counting from dawn, hence "midday rest").

Latin

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The Spanish word siesta derives originally from the Latin word hora sexta "sixth hour" (counting from dawn, hence "midday rest").

Postprandial somnolence

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Combined, these two factors contribute to the feeling of post-lunch drowsiness.

Homeostasis

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The timing of sleep in humans depends upon a balance between homeostatic sleep propensity, the need for sleep as a function of the amount of time elapsed since the last adequate sleep episode, and circadian rhythms which determine the ideal timing of a correctly structured and restorative sleep episode.

Circadian rhythm

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The timing of sleep in humans depends upon a balance between homeostatic sleep propensity, the need for sleep as a function of the amount of time elapsed since the last adequate sleep episode, and circadian rhythms which determine the ideal timing of a correctly structured and restorative sleep episode.

Sleep medicine

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As Harvard professor of sleep medicine Charles A. Czeisler notes, "The circadian system is set up in a beautiful way to override the homeostatic drive for sleep."

Second wind (sleep)

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The drive for wakefulness intensifies through the evening, making it difficult to get to sleep 2–3 hours before one's usual bedtime when the wake maintenance zone ends.

The Washington Post

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The Washington Post of 13 February 2007 reports at length on studies in Greece that indicate that those who nap have less risk of heart attack.

Greece

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The Washington Post of 13 February 2007 reports at length on studies in Greece that indicate that those who nap have less risk of heart attack.

Italy

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Siesta is also common in Italy, where it is called riposo in Northern Italy and pennichella or pisolino in Southern Italy.

Northern Italy

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Siesta is also common in Italy, where it is called riposo in Northern Italy and pennichella or pisolino in Southern Italy.

Southern Italy

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Siesta is also common in Italy, where it is called riposo in Northern Italy and pennichella or pisolino in Southern Italy.

United Kingdom

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In the United States, the United Kingdom, and a growing number of other countries, a short sleep has been referred to as a "power nap", a term coined by Cornell University social psychologist James Maas and recognized by other research scientists such as Sara Mednick as well as in the popular press.

Cornell University

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In the United States, the United Kingdom, and a growing number of other countries, a short sleep has been referred to as a "power nap", a term coined by Cornell University social psychologist James Maas and recognized by other research scientists such as Sara Mednick as well as in the popular press.