The first national siesta championship was held in Madrid, Spain, and was organised by the National Association of Friends of the Siesta. Participants were monitored as they rested on bright blue sofas in the middle of a shopping mall for a 20-minute nap.
Some were wearing pyjamas; others sported eye masks or covered their faces with their jackets. They had pulse monitors attached to their bodies and the maximum of 20,000 points was awarded to those who managed to sleep for the full 20 minutes…
Pedro Soria Lopez, a 62-year-old Ecuadorean man managed to ignore the uproar of a teeming Madrid shopping center and won the championship by sleeping for 17 minutes. They said he not only slept soundly but his snoring on Tuesday also registered 70 decibels. That earned him extra points and enough to defeat the runner-up who had slept for 18 minutes.