Researchers said: Taking naps regularly is very good for the heart. A study that lasted for six years and in which 24 thousands Greek adults, who took naps regularly, participated showed that the risk of heart disease decreased by one-third.
The study said: Those who kept on taking regular naps at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease.
Researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, university of Athens said: Indeed the relation between siesta and the risk of getting a heart disease is larger among male workers than among the unemployed.
Workers are able to get rid of some work-related stress which could be harmful to their hearts. Researchers were unable to reach the same results with regard to working women because of the small number of women participated in the study.
The researcher Ondroniki Nasca, who supervised the study wrote in "Archives of Internal Medicine Journal":
"We believe that the results of the study indicate that siesta may reduce the risk of death resulting from infection in coronary artery occlusion in healthy adults, perhaps because it helps to reduce the pressures of work."
The study also showed that those who do not take regular naps are less likely to die of heart disease than those who do not take naps at all.
Among the 792 men and women who died during the follow-up period, the death reason of 133 was heart disease, whereas half of the participants in the study almost took naps regularly.
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