The next time people accuse you of being lazy for taking a mid-day nap, you can drift off knowing you're going to live longer than them.
According to CNN, a new study has found adults who take daytime naps once or twice a week are less likely to experience heart problems or strokes. The study, published Tuesday in the medical journal "Heart," determined the length of the naps is unimportant. It also found the results were the same in people who napped once or twice a week and those who napped more frequently.
The study points out inadequate sleep and stress are major factors in heart disease and strokes. Napping not only leaves people well-rested, but also relieves stress, the study says.
"Subjects who nap once or twice per week have a lower risk of incident CVD (cardiovascular disease) events, while no association was found for more frequent napping or napping duration," the report authors said.
This study tracked around 3,462 people between the ages of 35 and 75 for over five years.