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Study shows that power nap is really beneficial to one’s health. Based on a large study of Greek people, taking a midday nap shows a stress-reducing effect that could actually lower one’s risk of dying from heart disease by at least 30%.

Power nap, midday nap or siestas are common in Latin American and Mediterranean countries. Did you know that the rate of death from heart disease is comparatively low in these countries? Taking a nap according to Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, a professor of cancer prevention and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, conveys a benefit against “coronary mortality.”

In their study, Dr. Trichopoulos’s team has collected data on 23,681 Greek people. The first part of the study, none of the participants had a history of heart disease, stroke or cancer, of which the study lasted for an average of 6.3 years.

The study reveals that people who took a midday nap regularly at least 3 times a week and with an average of at least 30 minutes, had a 37% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular problem, compared with those who did not take a nap. People who occasionally napped showed a non-significant 12% risk reduction of dying from a heart disease.

Greek study also reveals that the protective effect of napping was particularly strong in men who worked, and weaker in men who did not work (retirees). However, data in this data could not determine whether or not women received the same benefit from a nap.

The health benefits of taking a nap still needed further research. According to Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, “Before siestas could be recommended as a means of lowering cardiovascular risk, these findings would need to be confirmed in a large-scale, randomized, controlled trial.”

Proven ways to a healthy heart are still achieved by not smoking, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels.

This article is created for personal reference only. Consultation with a licensed medical professional is advised.

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