Sunday, March 11, 2007

Napping at work could save your life

Seriously. "New research on napping provides the perfect excuse for office slackers, finding that a little midday snooze seems to reduce risks for fatal heart problems, especially among men. Thrice-weekly nappers had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart ailments"

37 percent! That's significant. Generally I'm not a big fan of science but in this case I think I'd support it whole-heartedly.

"In the largest study to date on the health effects of napping, researchers tracked 23,681 healthy Greek adults," (I don't think it matters that I'm not Greek) "...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This kind of relates to an unpublished post of mine which essentially says if our quality of life increases (not salary necessarily, but time with family and developing talents and hobbies) the quality and efficiency of our work would also increase and we'd be a happier, healthier society.

"It would be really encouraging if employers across the country really embraced that philosophy that napping is a good thing. It makes a big difference in my life."

I agree. Let's start a petition in the comments or something. It won't do any good, but it's always satisfying to put your name on a petition regarding something you believe in. And who doesn't believe in taking naps at work? Exactly. Sign below.