This is a beneficial habit no matter the age all through the year, may it be winter, summer or any other season. According to some studies during summer time, siesta time has more benefits as it adjusts the body temperature and makes it resist to the high temperature summer days.
Therefore, if the daily schedule does not allow one to have a daily siesta time, during the holiday days, one can take advantage of it and try to make the most. In order to be as efficient as possible this after lunch time, one should respect some rules.
One should avoid very rich meals that will make it more difficult for the body to digest them and will affect the quality of the sleep. Moreover, as the horizontal position of the body slows the food digestion. One should as well avoid drinking alcohol at lunch, as if it initially gives you the sleeping sensation, in an after phase it leads to short period wakening, making the siesta less restful.
The siesta should be short, of at least 20 to 30 minutes, even though even 10 minutes will have a beneficial effect on your body. It is very important that one does not enter in the deep sleep phase as one wakes up harder from this phase. It gives one the sensation of tiredness and will affect one’s capacity of sleeping during the night.
The position is also very important. A siesta is preferably to be made on an arm chair or sitting down but not in a total horizontal position. This way, siesta will not last longer than needed. During the sleep one produces a muscular relaxation which becomes complete when it enters the REM phase. If one is on the sitting position, this determines a wakening.
The coffee that many use it as stimulant after one wakes up, it is not necessary; as it blocks the central nervous system and stimulates the brain and maintains us in a watchful state. If we sleep couple of minutes after lunch, the coffee becomes useless.
The most appropriate time for the lunch siesta is around 14:00 (2PM). Siesta helps not only to settle your body temperature but as well increases the learning capacity and prevents heart attacks.