The siesta at work
What was until recently the subject of ridicule or scorn ("we didn't come here to take a nap") is starting to be seen differently. Many firms are experimenting with setting areas and time aside for their staff to take 20 minutes to relax and sleep during working hours.
Google and Facebook are among the first to do this, declaring themselves defenders of the power of the siesta to reduce stress and aid creativity. You don't have to go far: the Facebook offices in Madrid have a sound-proofed siesta room. Other firms that advocate the virtues of the siesta during working hours are Procter & Gamble, Cisco, Zappos, Uber and the Huffington Post.
A separate case is that of Japan, where on average the population sleeps much less than in the rest of the world. The average Japanese gets less than 6 and a half hours sleep at night - which is why they are used to having a restorative sleep during the day. It has long been common for Japanese companies to provide siesta spaces and times for all their employees.