Spaniards compete for siesta honors

Oct. 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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MADRID, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The first national siesta championship is under way in Spain to identify the best nappers and revive an endangered tradition of lunchtime snoozing.

Competitors are monitored during a 20-minute nap, CNN reports. They lie on a couch with pulse monitors attached and points are given for everything from actually sleeping, with snoring an additional plus, to unusual pajamas.

The competition, sponsored by the Islazul shopping center in Madrid, began Thursday and runs through Oct. 23. The grand champion will be chosen by a public vote online and in person.

The National Association of Friends of the Siesta persuaded Islazul to put on the competition.

"The modern life is a danger that we feel is against the siesta. When you sleep la siesta everyone has the image that your life is calm, you have a good life. And then, the modern life is a direct attack," Daniel Blanco, the group's president, told CNN.

Fermin Lominchar, a construction worker who won the first round, said he seldom has time for a siesta.

"The Spanish siesta is in danger because you have to work a lot to earn money here," he said.

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