Busy schedules, stressful deadlines and rampant sleep deprivation have led to a host of physical, mental and emotional health problems for us. Using caffeine and sugary snacks to dispel afternoon drowsiness—a natural biological need of the body for rest—leads to weight gain and stress. The solution is powerfully simple; a mere nap may be the quickest and most economical way to combat the side effects of modern living.

Greek scientists observed that men who napped for a half hour, three times a week, lowered their risk of dying from a heart attack by 37 percent, regardless of their smoking and dietary habits as well physical activity levels. Sara Mednick, PhD, sleep medicine researcher and author of Take A Nap! Change Your Life, says that napping can even reverse aging, strengthen the sex drive, accelerate the ability to perform motor tasks, minimize stress hormones and alleviate migraines.

While Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Winston Churchill and John F Kennedy knew of these benefits (they were power-nappers themselves), the corporate world is slowly starting to appreciate the benefits as well. Google provides its employees with nap pods, while Hearst Corporation, Newsweek, and Time Warner are known to employ the services of a high profile napping spa in Manhattan. So the next time you feel stressed, go take a quick nap.

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