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Dutch lunch can help Chinese students to break the habit of power napping. Zhou Zhoum, materials engineer

Chinese students are in the habit of having a nap after lunch. We learn to do this at primary school so that we feel refreshed for the rest of the day. Lunch breaks in China last about two hours. When I first came to the Netherlands, I was surprised to see that none of my colleagues did this. I spoke to some Chinese friends about it and we decided that it’s probably something to do with the type of lunch we eat. Chinese people eat a solid, hot meal at lunchtime, so it’s hardly surprising that they are tired afterwards. If you want to get through the day without a power nap, it would be better to eat a cheese sandwich. You’ll be hungry for the rest of the day and that will keep you awake.

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