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Love Your Heart — Take a Nap

I love to nap and now I have an excuse — it is good for the heart! Kind of funny to use am exclamation point about the quiet act of napping.

A recent study in Greece concluded that those who participated in "napping at least three times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease compared to non-nappers."

It is believed that napping helped relieve some of the work related stress that is also considered detrimental to the health of the heart. So much so that the benefits of napping were more significant in employed men than unemployed men. Unfortunately there were not enough women participating in the study to create significant data one way or the other. I am still going to nap as much as I can.

I might even suggest to my bosses that we get one of these MetroNap pods for the office. See you in dream land.

jamiegirl jamiegirl 10 years
Would that I could take a nap during my day. Can we make this a mandatory law in the United States for employers to offer a nap period during the day, since smoking is practically illegal in most work places this seems like a nice alternative.:zzz:
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
JessNess, i have the same problem! i would love to be able to sleep anytime anywhere but i just can't. i must have the perfect environment to fall (and stay) asleep = dark room, no noise, cool air. :(
Bonne Bonne 10 years
I work at an insurance company. :D
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Ooo, this is great news, and I have totally heard of the MetroNap pods, I want some for our office! Bonne - WHERE do you work?!? I want to work there it sounds freaking awesome. I love naps, I take on every Saturday and Sunday when my son takes his nap!
designergirl designergirl 10 years
I love taking naps- unfortunately I usually have to take naps because I only get four to five hours of sleep a night
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I wish I could nap. I have a friend who sleeps like a cat. She could sleep at anytime of the day. I cant because my body is so trained to stay up all day :(
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
JessNess you are right. Smoking and cholesterol are big factors, too. Most attacks are caused from heart blockage, they told my friend this. I'm sure naps are good for your heart and body. I wished I had time for a nap. 8yrs a night or a little less is what I get. Lol, we all get tired during the day anyway. I have napped, but they really make me feel bad. I guess it's what you get use to.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
if you look at every animal in the world we are the one only species that does not take regular naps. Naps just let your body replenish. Anything can cause a heart attack. You could be the healthiest person but have a genetic predisposition for heart attacks
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
It makes me feel bad to take naps. I sleep 8hrs a night. Btw, I have a friend who did take naps, and she took great care of herself. She had a heart attack, anyway. Thank God she is ok now. But I dont believe naps prevent what's going to happen.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
I love naps too (I don't get to take one every day) but whenever I say that I'm going to take a nap my mom or my brother are like "Are you feeling okay???" Why does something have to be wrong with me just because I feel like taking a little nap? We definitely live in a work-24/7 society. It sucks.
TheFairestLady TheFairestLady 10 years
JessNess, you're totally right. I have a friend from Greece who is 30+ and she looks 20. The American fixation with/demand for fast-paced lifestyles is truly detrimental to our health. I'm totally in favor of naps.
Bonne Bonne 10 years
I love my job - it has lil perks. We have a quiet room with recliners and cots - so we can a lunch/nap break. We can change our schedules every three months - anything with college/family is changed right away. We have a free 24/7 work out room and instructors and tuition reimbursment. But the thing I love is the quiet room. Its my sanity savior...
JessNess JessNess 10 years
if you look at other countries where they take naps, have longer lunches and HAVE to take their vacation time the people always seem happier and look younger
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