We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like many other animals, humans are napping creatures. Our Western society doesn't really take that into account, nor should it because we demand a lot from people.
In my workday, I schedule in a 20-minute catnap after a chicken-salad lunch. It does me a lot of good, since I do my daily workouts at 6 am. After my catnap I am good for another 6 hours of work or a drive to NH.
Mediterranean-based societies have siestas - especially Spanish and Italian. Naptime, or sex + nap. In many cultures, lunch is their dinner and I do not know how they handle work after a large meal. I don't know about Asians or Africans.
I do believe that some of what we term "sleep disorders," and diagnose at great expense and often treat with amphetamines, are simply due to a need for a power nap. People vary.
I used to think older people slept/napped a lot. Now that I am "older" I have discovered I don't sleep 8 hours or even 6 hours a night. Four hours on a good night. I feel fine during the day but with the right conditions I nap. After dinner is the right conditions.
I don't think that I'd hold the Spanish or Italians or Mexicans up as something for "first world" nations to emulate...
And for what it's worth, I group the Spanish and Italians as "second world" nations, and the Mexicans as a "third world" nation along with the rest of Central and South America. "Fourth world" nations are African or Muslim. Have a problem understanding the difference? Look no further than the island of Hispanola. One side of that island is the "third world" Dominican Republican. The other side is clearly "fourth world"...
I lived in Spain for a few months, and let me tell you, it was a strange experience. The whole country shuts down at noon, and re-opens at 3:00. And they have little bars on every street-corner, so you can get drunk for breakfast.
I've always been in the school of "if you're sleepy, sleep." It's never been my habit to operate on a sleep deficit for more than a day or so in an emergency. Never used an alarm clock unless I had an early flight to catch.
When I was a kid, my parents didn't make a thing out of waking me up. I got up when I got up. They figured I'd make it to school on time somehow or other, and they were right.