A Nap a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

by Greg Edwards - Date: 2007-02-15 - Word Count: 303 Share This!

According to recent research, a nap after lunch just might save your life. A study released from Harvard School of Public Health as well as research from Athens reported that Greeks who took a 30 minute nap sometime during the day were 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease over a six year period than those who never napped at all.

According to an article in the Boston Globe, "Researchers have long recognized that Mediterranean adults die of heart disease at a rate lower than Americans and Northern Europeans. Diets rich in olive oil and other heart-healthy foods have received some of the credit, but scientists have been intrigued by the potential role of napping."

Research concluded that napping played a bigger role than dieting or physical activity in lowering ones risk for heart attacks or heart disease. Scientist state that there are biochemical reasons to support the evidence that a nap could help prevent heart disease.

The recently released study is the largest ever of its kind, and many doctors who support the studies findings are not so surprised with the results. "We all know that the three pillars of health are diet, exercise, and sleep, and, sometimes, people forget about the importance of sleep," said Dr. Alex Chediak, president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a University of Miami researcher.

Although much more research needs to be done to confirm the findings, examiners believe that the link between health and sleep is very closely related. They believe that a nap in the middle of the day allows your body to reset its heart rate and blood pressure back to its optimal performance level.

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