Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Siestas good for the heart

Taking a midday nap helps to relieve stress as demonstrated by the working pair snoozing on their table.

People who take at least three daytime naps a week lasting 30 minutes or longer cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by 37 percent, according to a study by a team of U.S. and Greek researchers.

Regular siestas apparently lower stress, which is frequently associated with heart disease, the scientists report in Monday's edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a leading medical journal.

The study appears in the February 12, 2007 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine.

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