Take a Nap--it's Good for Your Heart!

@Idlewild (6105)
United States
February 12, 2007 11:37am CST
Now this is the kind of health advice I can really follow! "A six-year study of nearly 24,000 Greek adults found those who regularly took midday naps lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by more than a third." "'We interpret our findings as indicating that among healthy adults, siesta, possibly on account of stress-releasing consequences, may reduce coronary mortality,' lead author Androniki Naska wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine." I've always liked taking naps during the day, how about you? Will you nap more as a result of these findings? Well, I'll read the responses later, I'm off for a healthy nap... zzzzzzzz....
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I love healthy naps...I am glad you post this topic. It makes me feel good. I like to take naps and see my dogs next to me snoring....Midday? hope my 4 PM nap counts as midday.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
13 Feb 07
The study might have studied midday naps because those were the easiest for the participants to fit into their schedules, but I'm not sure.
@Thewishlady (1046)
• Netherlands
12 Feb 07
Thats good news... But to bad for me... I cant seem to take a nap during the day... When I see daylight I can not sleep... Maybe im just too busy during the day... LOL Greetings!
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Light definitely affects sleep... maybe if you want to try napping you could shut the curtains and put one of those sleeping masks on.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I don't usually get enough sleep at night. But this is something that has been common for me since birth. I used to not be able to take naps during the day unless I was pregnant or curled up with my partner. Now, if I am surrounded by my sleeping dogs and my basset hound is snoring, I find they have the power to make me sleepy! LOL Sometimes I take advantage of this. Other times, I get up and fight it because it will just cause me to stay up later. LOL So, I don't know if it is good for me to take a nap during the day or not. But I will say, the next time I do take a nap, I will use that study to my benefit! LOL Thanks for posting it!
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I guess it would be hard to carry around the basset hound with you so you could take a nap!
@bluewings (3857)
25 Feb 07
They must have heard me lamenting about my friends who don't let me sleep for all those crazy stuffs they like to do on weekends:-( So kind of them to support my cause.I would have thought less time at work would cause less stress to my mind ,meaning need for less energy.So,less unhealthy spicy,fatty food,less chances of atherosclerosis thus,a good heart and long life.Now I need an article to prove my point to them.I'll show it to them if that's what convinces them to let me sleep peacefully.Happy napping.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
25 Feb 07
The science is on our side. Here's hoping we can all nap long and strong!
@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I like to take a nap, but the problem with me is when I take a nap in that particualar day I get a hard time to go to sleep at night. This is the reason I am now avoiding to take a nap if I get time to take also. I really love to take nap and now I miss it sometime when I have time to go for it but for that particular reason I can't go.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I have the same problem. If I take a nap too late in the afternoon I'll be awake till 2am.
@jotace (2094)
• Spain
13 Feb 07
I can't take naps, because when I take a nap I wake up very strange after it. And it's a pity as in Spain the siesta is very usual. I know a person that for some reason was prescribed by the doctor to sleep more hours, so he decided to take a nap every day (some days more than one nap) and he is very healthy now. So, I think that the study must be right.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I sometimes wake up very groggy and confused after a nap, but it fades after a few minutes.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Now you've made me wish that I *could* nap, lol - and I could really use one today, too. Things have gone downhill since this morning and it would be great to just be able to sleep for a couple of hours, especially knowing that it might well be good for my health! *laugh* But I can't sleep in the day. The only times I've ever been able to do that have been when I've been really, really sick and my body was so weak that I had to sleep. I just can't relax enough in the daylight hours to get to sleep. I've tried. Oh well! *laugh*
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I can fall asleep pretty much anytime--while reading, on the bus or train, etc. Maybe I fall asleep too easily.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I read that article this morning too. I always knew my sunday naps were good for me!! And yeah, working away from home makes napping very difficult. But if I could work from home, I would get a nap in EVERY day!!
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Some companies have actually set up napping rooms,because studies have shown a short nap can make workers more alert and productive.
@yanjiaren (9050)
12 Feb 07
i'm greek and my mum used to make uas sleep in the summer when we used to go to greece..she always has her afternoon kip..i can only do that at weekends when i am with my hubby..during the week i am too busy on this ruddy computer..
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Unless you work at home like I do, it's hard to take a nap during the day.