ANCHOR LEAD: COULD SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS TAKING A NAP HELP REDUCE YOUR RISK OF A HEART ATTACK? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Taking a brief daytime nap may help reduce the risk of having a heart attack, a study of over 20,000 Greeks has shown. In particular, men who took a short nap during the day experienced an almost 40% reduction in their heart attack risk. Roger Blumenthal, director of the Cicarrone Center for Preventive Cardiology at Johns Hopkins, says naps may be one more part of a total lifestyle strategy for reducing cardiovascular disease risk.
BLUMENTHAL: The main point to remember is that the study, in a large number of individuals, seems to suggest that in apparently healthy individuals taking a midday nap may have some modest beneficial effects on cardiovascular risk, and I think what we need to do is to put this in the totality of the evidence which suggests that better dietary and exercise habits, good sleep patterns are important factors in whether or not we develop a heart attack or stroke. :26
Perhaps now bosses and coworkers won’t look askance if you’re asleep at your desk. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.