Napping Your Way to a Healthy Heart
Snoozing in the afternoon may upset the boss, but it could save your life, research suggests. A study of 23,681 Greek men and women found strong evidence in support of the siesta. Individuals who took a midday nap for 30 minutes or more at least three times a week were 37 percent less likely to die from heart disease than those who stayed awake. Even the occasional siesta was associated with a 34 percent lower risk of dying.
Among working men, napping of any sort resulted in a 64 percent reduced risk of heart disease death. The volunteers, who were aged 20 to 86, had no history of heart disease or any other severe condition.