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Afternoon nap halves risk of fatal heart attack
The easiest way to reduce your chances of a deadly heart attack is to take a nap after lunch. Greek epidemiologists discovered this after monitoring 24,000 people for six years. Whether women react so positively to a siesta the researchers cannot say for sure, but for men the effect was overwhelming.
The Greeks looked at men who were employed, unemployed and no longer employed. They were unable to split the women up in the same categories, as not that many women work in Greece.
The table below shows the effect of afternoon naps – and a number of other typical factors – on the chance of coronary-related death.
Smoking, unemployment (among men) and a fat belly increase the chance of dying from a heart attack. Education, good nutrition and physical activity reduce the risk – particularly among women. Among men the effect of an afternoon nap is dramatic. Men who regularly take a siesta halve their chance of having a heart attack.
An afternoon nap protects working men especially, as you can see below.
According to the table, even an occasional nap protects working men.
It is interesting though that the researchers found no relationship between a siesta and death. An afternoon nap does not reduce the likelihood of dying. People who nap for longer than two hours in the afternoon every day actually had a fourteen percent higher chance of dying than average, the researchers discovered. [The effect was not statistically significant - Ed.] Maybe it's because men and women who are ill, and therefore already have a greater chance of dying, sleep more often in the afternoon than healthy people.
The world of weight and endurance athletes has been plagued by a hidden death wave for many years: apparently healthy athletes are dying from coronary-related disease. Athletes who are worried about this might find the Greek findings useful.