A Colombian congressional candidate wants to legislate nap time as part of a proposed labor reform.
The proposal that Clara García Cabrales of Bogotá plans to unveil would mandate siestas of 15 to 20 minutes in businesses after lunch, Colombian daily El Espectador reports.
“Napping helps the body withstand the day,” García Cabrales said, according to El Espectador. “It also aids digestion, given that it permits muscle relaxation and facilitates the digestive system’s ability to work more efficiently.”
Short daytime naps are associated with numerous health benefits. A 1994 NASA study found pilots showed greater altertness after taking 40-minute naps. Other studies have shown that napping improves memory, reduces stress and increases productivity.
The candidate appeared confused about how widespread the practice is in the United States, saying that napping was commonly practiced in this country for “one hour after eating.”
García Cabrales is running a seat in the lower house of Colombia’s national legislature for the Green Alliance, a center-left party.