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Afternoon nap 'is good for heart'.

ISLAMABAD -- Taking 40 winks in the middle of the day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, particularly in young healthy men, says a study. A six-year Greek study found that those who took a 30-minute siesta at least three times a week had a 37% lower risk of heart-related death, BBC reported.

The researchers took into account ill health, age, and whether people were physically active. Experts said napping might help people to relax, reducing their stress levels. The researchers in the Greek study looked at 23,681 men and women aged between 20 and 86. The subjects did not have a history of heart disease or any other severe condition. Participants were also asked if they took midday naps and how often, and were asked about dietary habits and physical activity.

The researchers found those who took naps of any frequency and duration had a 34 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who did not take midday naps. Those who took naps of more than 30 minutes three or more times a week had a 37 per cent lower risk.

Among working men who took midday naps, there was a 64 per cent reduced risk of death compared with a 36 per cent reduced risk among non-working men. The researchers said taking a siesta may reduce stress, hence the more notable finding in working men. The only important factor was that people should not reduce the amount of physical activity they did in the rest of the day.

"Having a nap in the middle of the day may help people to unwind and relax which is important for our overall health.

However it is important to get a balance between rest and activity, as being regularly active can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 5, 2012
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