Despite these tough economic times, Spaniards are refusing to say ‘adios’ to their traditional afternoon siesta.
Some say the fast-pace of modern life is putting Spain’s lunchtime snooze under threat.
Now Madrid residents are resisting the pressure to change their ways by taking part in the country’s first sleeping competition
It is organised by David Blanco, president of Friends of the Siesta, who calls the post-meal nap “Spain’s national sport.”
Contestants are judged on being the first to fall asleep, most original sleeping position, and the loudest snorer.
Doctors argue a quick forty winks can actually boost productivity in the workplace.
They say sleeping thirty to forty minutes relieves stress and helps our bodies to function better.
The contest runs for another seven days with eight rounds held each day and five contestants per round.
The top prize is 1,000 euros to be handed out on October 23.