Naps Are A Good Thing

13 02 2007

Unless you are in Kindergarten, of course.

Midday Naps Found to Help Fend Off Heart Disease

By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 13, 2007; A14

The next time the boss finds you snoozing at your desk, take heart.

A large new study has found that people who regularly took a siesta were significantly less likely to die of heart disease.

“Taking a nap could turn out to be an important weapon in the fight against coronary mortality,” said Dimitrios Trichopoulos of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study of more than 23,000 Greek adults — the biggest and best examination of the subject to date — found that those who regularly took a midday siesta were more than 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

Other experts said the results are intriguing. Heart disease kills more than 650,000 Americans each year, making it the nation’s No. 1 cause of death.

“It’s interesting. A little siesta, a little snooze may be beneficial,” said Gerald Fletcher, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., speaking on behalf of the American Heart Association. “It’s simple, but it has a lot of promise.”

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Nance

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13 02 2007
misedjj

Yeah but what about THIS??
Kids who get less sleep weigh more, study finds

“. . .The researchers noted there is growing evidence linking sleep to children’s cognitive and social functioning, with previous research connecting sleep problems and too little sleep to maladjustment in preschoolers and depression and school problems in adolescents.”

13 02 2007
NanceConfer

They can nap when they’re older! They’ll need to prevent heart attacks by then.

Nance

14 02 2007
misedjj

Don’t get me started — you’ve heard the story before, yes? — about how kindergarten nap rules were the cause of Favorite Daughter not going to school that year, which is what got us started looking for our own paths at our own pace (and on our own schedule or lack thereof!)

Kids and their parents could nap or not no matter what age, if they were on their own time . . .
🙂

14 02 2007
misedjj

And remember this?
“We the Clockkeepers: Our Tyranny of Time”

Another year has passed, and schools are still captives of an outdated calendar. . .

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