Thursday, 15 February 2007

Siestas and Stress

Taking an afternoon nap is good for the health, especially for young working men, according to a six-year Greek study, reported in this article. Experts think napping reduces stress. It is known that in countries that have lower levels of deaths from heart disease, siestas are common.

The researchers found that those who took midday naps had a 34% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who did not take naps. Among working men, however, those who took naps had a 64% reduced risk of dying, compared to a 36% reduced risk among non-working men.

Lead researcher Dr Dimitrios Trichopoulos of the Harvard School of Public Health thinks that if these findings are supported by further research, taking an afternoon nap may be an interesting way to reduce heart disease as it has no side effects.

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