A new study has found that taking afternoon naps could reduces the chances of heart-related death. Wonderin how that is possible, here are points advocated by the scientists from Harvard School of Public Health in the U.S. and the University of Athens Medical School in Greece in this piece…
Their study – published today in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine – involved almost 24,000 Greek men and women aged 20 to 86 who did not have heart disease or any other serious illnesses when they enrolled for the project between 1994 and 1997.
At the beginning of the study, the volunteers were asked if they took a midday nap and if so, how often and for how long at a time and researchers followed the participants for more than six years, during which time 792 of them died – including 133 from heart disease. They found those who took naps of any frequency or duration had a 34 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who did not.
Systematic nappers – defined as those who took a siesta for 30 minutes or more at least three times a week – had a 37 per cent lower risk of heart-related death. Among working men those who took midday naps, either occasionally or systematically, had a 64 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease. This compared with non-working men taking naps who had a 36 per cent reduction in risk.
Figures for working women were unavailable as only six died during the study. The researchers concluded a reduction in stress in general, and job-related stress in particular, was probably responsible.