13 February 2007

Nap for your life

There's a reason why people have been taking siestas for millennia: it's good for your health.

In the largest study to date on the health effects of napping, researchers tracked 23,681 healthy Greek adults for an average of about six years. Those who napped at least three times weekly for about half an hour had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart attacks or other heart problems than those who did not nap.

This may explain why my grandfather lived into his 90s and why his father lived past 100. Now if only Redeemer's registrar can be persuaded to factor this into next year's academic schedule.

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