Monday, February 12, 2007

Take naps and fight heart disease

Some advice to take to heart, take a nap Reuters/Yahoo!News 2/12/07 "A six-year study of nearly 24,000 Greek adults found those who regularly took midday naps lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by more than a third...Those who made it a practice of napping at least three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to non-nappers...The relationship was even stronger among employed men as compared to unemployed men, with nappers apparently relieving some of the work-related stress ..."We interpret our findings as indicating that among healthy adults, siesta, possibly on account of stress-releasing consequences, may reduce coronary mortality," lead author Androniki Naska ..."

Just one study here and the authors admit more research is needed, but if they got this right with this many adults the results are significant. The question that I have is whether the benefit would be seen in people who get a healthy amount of sleep every night? Or is the heart benefit of naps more noticeable in those that are getting less than the healthy amount of sleep that they need every night?

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