No more naps: Spain's prime minister wants to end the siesta

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Spanish Minister Aims To End Siesta

Break time is over, folks.

Spain's prime minister is proposing to end the Spanish siesta, the three-hour break in the middle of the workday, in an effort to send workers home at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.

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Mariano Rajoy, leader of Spain's caretaker center-right government, announced his plans at a party conference over the weekend, The Independent reported. The move is largely intended to align the country with its European counterparts, increase productivity and put an end to scheduling conflicts.

Rajoy vowed to work with labor unions and legislators in order to find a way to push the plan through.

"I will find a consensus to make sure the working day ends at 6 p.m.," The Independent quoted him as saying.

In Spain, workdays generally start around 10 a.m. after an extended breakfast. Employees typically stay at their desks until around 2 p.m., when they take up to three hours for a break. After that, they return to work and finish the day at around 8 p.m.

The practice originates from when most of the working population had jobs in agriculture. Spain is a hot country, and a midday break allowed workers to skip unbearable temperatures and return to work when it was a bit cooler.

The continuation of the traditional break into the 21st century has drawn the ire of some modern workers, who are unable to slip home during siesta and find themselves milling about for hours before having to head back to the office.

A 2013 commission found that cutting the long break could potentially improve Spain's quality of life, raise its low birth rates and reduce marriage breakdowns. Still, other studies have found that naps boost productivity in the workplace and generally make everyone a lot more tolerable to be around.

Rajoy's administration declined to shorten the workday when initially presented with the commission's findings, leading some analysts to interpret his turnaround as a thinly veiled attempt to grab votes in an election season.

Although there has been popular support for ending the siesta, Twitter users have brought up totally logical arguments for its continuation.

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No more naps: Spain's prime minister wants to end the siesta
Two woman lie in a puddle of squashed tomatoes during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Revellers throw tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other during the annual "tomatina" tomato fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Revellers throw tomato pulp in the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller is pelted with tomato pulp during the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
People sit and lie on the ground during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
A reveller holds a bucket of tomato pulp during the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers throw tomato pulp at each other during the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers slide around in tomato pulp during the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers covered in tomato pulp stand on a wall during the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers slide around in tomato pulp during the annual 'tomatina' festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015. Some 22,000 revellers hurled 150 tonnes of squashed tomatoes at each other drenching the streets in red in a gigantic Spanish food fight marking the 70th annual 'Tomatina' battle. AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINO (Photo credit should read BIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers from Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Two men lie in a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
A woman throws a tomato during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
A man lies in a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 150 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants, many from abroad to throw during the hour-long morning festivities. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26: Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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