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Naps and Heart Health

If you enjoy naps, here’s another reason to take them. A large study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School suggests that taking naps reduces the chance of heart-related death by nearly 40 per cent.

The study followed participants for an average of 6.3 years. The results: men who occasionally napped had a 12 per cent lower rate of death related to coronary heart disease. And men who napped almost daily had a surprising 37 per cent lower rate of death. Women were not affected at the same rates.

Further analysis of the results showed that naps had a higher impact on the heart health of working men than it did on non-working men. This can be interpreted as a link to the role of sleep in regulating stress and its effects on the body.

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