Siesta siesta: Faverani likes his sleep

Siesta siesta: Faverani likes his sleep
October 8, 2013, 10:00 am
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Vitor Faverani began playing in Spain as a teenager and is taking some of the traditions with him in his first NBA season, starting with his sleeping habits.

The big man from Brazil moved to Spain when he was only 17 and adopted the routine of siestas, mid-day naps often taken after lunch. He has continued the rest pattern since relocating to Boston and would like to continue it when possible during the season.

"Siestas in Spain, everybody did it," he explained to "After practice, eating lunch I try to sleep 20 minutes. If not sleeping, (I) rest, relax."

Faverani was able to fit one in prior to his first preseason game with the Celtics on Monday. An early riser by nature, the afternoon break was a quick refueling before a 7:30 evening game.  

"Today I woke up at 6:30 because in Brazil, everybody wakes up early in my house," he said. "My brothers and my mom get up early because of school and work. When I came here I had been in Brazil two weeks ago, so I have the time in Brazil. So I go to bed early and wake up early. … I went to practice for 11:00. I went to my house after and took a siesta at two o'clock until 2:45. I got here at 3:30."

Faverani usually goes to bed at 10 o'clock on off nights. He will have to adjust his sleeping patterns over the course of his rookie season, but he doesn't plan on giving up his afternoon rest anytime soon.

"I'd like to always do a siesta," he said. "[The biggest benefit is] I like to rest my mind, relax. No TV, no phone, just my bed and me."