An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

January 31, 2007

And I Thought I Was Lazy?

Filed under: EU/Europe, General News, Healthcare — olbroad @ 2:31

Too tired to work? Then have a snooze

They already enjoy Europe’s shortest working week. Now French workers are to be encouraged to have a nap after lunch.

I wonder if John Kerry, being the suck-up to the French that he is, is in favor of adopting this practice in the U.S.?

The state-backed siesta is part of a €7 million (£4.7 million) campaign begun yesterday by the Health Ministry to encourage the French to sleep more and better. A third of the population does not sleep enough, experts say.

How ’bout they actually go to bed at night, wake up in the morning, do 8 hours of real work, go home, relax, and do it all again the next day, five whole days in a row? Sure would be a lot cheaper.

Tiredness is blamed for 20 per cent of road and domestic accidents, and for low efficiency at work and school, obesity, depression and many other ills.

Well, that explains my widening hinder. DUH!

“Sleep must not be trivialised,” Xavier Bertrand, the Health Minister, said. The after-lunch nap is to be introduced by volunteer companies and studied for results. It could then be recommended for all employees, the minister said.

I never trivialize sleep! It’s a very important part of my daily routine. 🙂

By raising awareness over sleep, the Government hopes that French workers, who are among the world’s most productive during their hours on the job, will become even more efficient.

The French being efficient, what novel a concept. Hey, they do food REAL well, but after consuming mass quantities, sleep is necessary.

H/T: Tammy Bruce

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