Taking a siesta/nap is common in Mediterranean countries where rates of heart disease are lower when compared to the U.S.A. A recent Epidemiological study by American and Greek researchers, monitored 23,681 Greek adults with no history of heart disease, stroke or cancer. It was found that those participants who napped regularly, especially working men, had a 37% lower risk of dying from heart disease. The results suggest that more than just taking a nap, a siesta may augment night time sleep, help increase alertness, stamina and may also reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

Archi of Internal Medicine vol 167(3) Feb 12, 2007

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