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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：321 更新时间：2015/7/23|
A Spanish mayor has issued an official edict insisting that all those living and working in his town be allowed to take a three-hour nap every afternoon.
Joan Faus Vitoria, the mayor of Ador in the province of Valencia, has formally designated the hours between 2pm and 5pm as a time for locals to take their afternoon siestas.
During the official nap time - the first of its kind to be introduced in Spain - parents have been told that children must be kept indoors and residents and tourists are instructed not to make unnecessary noise.
Mr Vitoria said the plan was introduced as a way for farm employees and manual laborers to take a break from work at a point in the day when temperatures reach their peak.
His edict states that the three-hour pause be respected by employers.
As well as allowing residents to return to their properties and spend a few hours catching up on sleep, the siesta time is also intended to bring quiet to municipality of Ador.
A key rule is that locals who choose not to spend their time sleeping are not allowed to use the siesta period to carry out work that makes any noise. Mechanics, for example, wouldn't be allowed to test cars engines in case in wakes neighbors.
Meanwhile parents have also been asked to ensure their children play indoors during the three-hour period to avoid noise travelling into open windows.
Mr Vitoria said that those found guilty of breaking the rules will not face penalties, adding that the edict should be treated as 'merely a suggestion' rather than an 'obligation'.
'Many people here work in the countryside, so it's very usual to take a long lunch break and have a siesta after eating,' according to a Town Hall spokesman.
Researchers say that an hour long power nap in the afternoon could repair the damage caused by a lack of sleep. Having a 30-minute snooze can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems by restoring hormones and proteins to normal levels.
While siestas are common in southern European countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece, many northern European nations say the culture of sleeping while the rest of Europe is hard at work puts these nations at a competitive disadvantage and has had a negative impact on their economies.
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