Siesta: A sacred aspect of Greek life

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For centuries, the short nap between 3:00 to 5:30 pm has been recognised by the Greeks as a sacred tradition.

The practice focused mainly on small towns and villages, sees the late afternoon siesta as a time to re-energise the batteries to help with late night parties and events.

Photo: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries

Taken some time in the mid-20th century, a photo of an Athenian man sleeping on the stairs of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, shows how a late afternoon siesta provided a period of calm away from distractions.

According to health experts a brief period of rest can enhance functioning and rejuvenate the mind and body.

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