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That’s re­fresh­ing A siesta fa­cil­ity has opened in Spain’s cap­i­tal so busi­ness­peo­ple can en­joy a lunchtime snooze with­out hav­ing to travel home. Siesta & Go, in Madrid’s CBD, charges from 20 Eu­ros ($30) for three hours in a pri­vate room to 1.50 Eu­ros ($2.25) for half an hour in a dor­mi­tory. It’s run by Maria Estrella Jorro de Inza, who says she got the idea from a trip to Ja­pan, where there are sim­i­lar “sleep bars”. Her fa­cil­ity, with 19 rooms, has at­tracted an ap­pre­cia­tive clien­tele since open­ing in May. “At first passers-by would look cu­ri­ously in­side. ‘So this is for tak­ing sies­tas? I will have to come’,” she says. The av­er­age client is aged be­tween 30 and 45 and there are equal num­bers of men and women. Af­ter their nap, clients are gen­tly wo­ken up by staff. Cof­fee, news­pa­pers and free in­ter­net ac­cess are of­fered. De­spite Spa­niards’ rep­u­ta­tion for en­joy­ing a siesta, a 2009 study by the San Car­los Clin­i­cal Hos­pi­tal found only 16 per cent took a nap each day, while nearly 60 per cent said they wouldn’t dream of it.

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