2007 Prescription: More Bed and Breakfast Getaways to Reduce Stress and Extend Life; Study Finds Skipping Vacations Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

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American Historic Inns, Inc., publisher of more than 2.5 million bed & breakfast guidebooks, and companion Web site http://www.iLoveInns.com reports recent research shows that taking frequent vacations can prevent serious health conditions including heart disease for both men and women.

American Historic Inns, Inc., publisher of more than 2.5 million bed & breakfast guidebooks, and companion Web site http://www.iLoveInns.com reports recent research shows that taking frequent vacations can prevent serious health conditions including heart disease for both men and women.

A study of 1,500 women, led by Catherine McCarty of the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis. found that women who take frequent vacations sleep better, are more satisfied in marriage, and are less likely to be tense or depressed. In an interview Wednesday, Dr. McCarty stated, "We found that women who take a vacation only once per year, in comparison with women who take a vacation twice or more per year, are 40% more likely to report high levels of tension. In this same study, we found that tension and anxiety are inversely correlated with bad lipid values (higher triglycerides and total cholesterol, etc.)."

Researcher Elaine Eaker of the State University of New York at Oswego reports that women who don't take frequent vacations have eight times the chance of dying of heart disease or suffering a heart attack than those who take vacations often.

The same goes for men. A study of 12,338 middle-aged men found that those who did not take annual vacations were more likely to die than those who did in a nine-year longitudinal study reviewed at the State University of New York. Brooks Gump one of the study's co-authors said, "We concluded that skipping vacations could actually be dangerous to your health."

(See Oxford Journals: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/135/8/854)

Deborah Sakach, author and publisher of iLoveInns.com and dozens of B&B books, states, "Bed & breakfasts and country inns provide wonderful one-of-a-kind escapes and there are hundreds of unique little inns that dot the landscape within an hour or two of most of America's major population centers. This is a great way for couples and families to take mid-winter breaks and enjoy adventures together."

To motivate travelers to take more trips, the iLoveInns.com staff has created a Buy-One-Night-Get-the-Second-Night Free program with more than 1750 inns participating. To locate an inn near you that offers a second night free go to iLoveInns.com and click on "more search options" and then check "accepts Free Night certificate." The Free Night certificate is found in America's top-selling bed and breakfast book, Bed & Breakfast and Country Inns and may be purchased from Amazon or directly from the publishers at iLoveInns.com. Savings average from $100 to $400 or more on a two-night stay and breakfast is included. Travelers who mention the media where they saw this receive $5 off the cover price at iLoveInns.com.

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