A study shows that people who catch a day's sleep may have a lower risk of stroke or stroke.
The habit of sleeping during the day, once or twice a week, can reduce the risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, suggests a study in Switzerland, quoted by the Press Association on Tuesday.
A daytime sleeping chicken, regardless of duration, is associated with halving the risk of heart attack and stroke, the researchers concluded, which published a research in the scientific journal Heart.
The study was conducted on 3,462 people from Lausanne, Switzerland, between 35 and 75 years old at the beginning of the research.
Subjects were monitored for an average of five years and reported how often they slept during the day in the previous week.
58% of the people studied had not slept at all during the day, about one in five (19%) said they had a daytime sleep once or twice a week, and about one in 10 (12%) they had slept during the day in three to five days. About 11% of respondents had slept six to seven times a day.
During the five-year monitoring period, 155 cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, were recorded among the participants.
Short sleep during the day, once or twice a week, has been associated with a 48% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular event.
"Subjects who slept once or twice a week had a lower risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, while no association was identified based on a higher frequency of sleep or duration," said Dr. Nadine Häusler of the University Hospital of Lausanne.
"Many of us may want to take a 40-minute nap, but more evidence is needed before we can say that regular daytime sleep helps reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke," said Vanessa Smith of the British Heart Foundation.
How you can change your lifestyle
"But there are many other lifestyle changes that can be made, which we know helps maintain heart health and blood vessels. 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week and adopting a healthy Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. We also know that treating high blood pressure and managing cholesterol can reduce the risk of heart and circulatory diseases, with potentially deadly effects, ”Smith said.