Speaking of the Spanish Civil War, that brings us to another Spanish sleep stereotype. Talk to any pasty tourist snowbirding in Benidorm, and they'll say that Spaniards act like lazy college students, staying up late and getting out of bed scandalously close to noon. But again, this is neither their fault or a sign of laziness. It's because Spain is literally out of sync with the rest of the world. Instead of being in the GMT +0 time zone, as geography and logic would demand, Spain has been GMT +1 for over seven decades. That's because back in the late 1930s, Francisco Franco was so fond of his friend/idol Adolf Hitler that he made Spain change to the German time zone. Because what fun is being a crazy dictator if you can't force an entire country to pretend the sun rises at 10 a.m.?
In other words, the Spanish have been screwed by their own clocks, have the latest sunset in Europe, and work later hours than almost anyone else on the continent. Honestly, we need to lie down just thinking about that hassle.