Why aren't siestas a thing in the US?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Money. The US is a capitalistic country. Less money would be made if people had naps due to lower productivity levels. 

That’s my reasoning behind it, lol.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper

@tmsing:  Good queestion. I lived in Spain for a year and let me tell you it was incredible having those few hours to recuperate for the rest of the day.

Unfortunately the US is more intrested than money than the overall well being of its residents to have siesta, that is just burning money and wasting time.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

No rest for the wicked.

Hah, just kidding.

But I’m sure it mostly had to do with productivity levels. In a capitalistic nation, which I am in full support of for the most part, you come to realize that in many ways the amount of effort & time you put in equates to the amount of income you make (or usually just generate for big business, but you get the point).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t know, but I could totally go for one right now. The Tuesday after a long weekend makes for a long sleepy day at the office!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

In my experience living and working in Spain, they’re not really a thing there either – at least not if you’re working for an international company and deal with parties outside of Spain. 😉

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I wished that would exist in Canada too. I’ve heard of some companies actually having nap areas for their employees, and game centers (Playstations) so when they feel bored or tired they can go there and play or take a nap. It’s a new way of offering competitive conditions to their employees so they don’t go working for other companies.

Efficiency will have to be redefined over the years. People can’t nap at work, but how many of them log in Facebook, Twitter, forums, emails, whatever during work time ? Companies also consider this is as a waste of efficiency. But there is a limit as how long the brain can stay focussed and concentrated on the same task. If I had to choose, I would rather have a 30 minutes nap allowed in my day, than browsing through Facebook from time to time during work. I would feel a lot more relaxed (stress is a big issue IMO), energized and motivated.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Speaking of naps, I wish I could have one right now.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

double post le sigh

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We don’t even have guaranteed (or paid!) maternity leave, or guaranteed vacation days, etc here….so definitely no siestas! How I wish that wasn’t true! You might want to adjust your diet if you’re getting afternoon energy crashes, though.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mmm I could go for one right now. My friend, whose boyfriend does a lot of deep sea fishing, brought in lobster and a bunch of tuna sashimi to share for lunch. I am so full and sleepy now…

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We should!!!  It’s sad that I feel lucky I get a paid 30 minutes lunch break, which I usually work through anyways.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh, I loooooooooooove naps! That would be SO AWESOME to be able to have an afternoon nap at work.

Where do these afternoon naps take place? Is there a bed in the office? Do people sleep in their cars? How does this work?

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