Recent studies reported that if you wear a tie, there is a higher risk of reducing blood flow to the brain.
When men wear a tie, they look more elegant. In many office and business environments, wearing a tie can be mandatory, and it has even been described as "socially desirable strangulation." But did you know that this accessory could lead you to suffer cerebrovascular effects?
Neuroradiology magazine reported that German researchers performed a study to analyze the effects of wearing a tie, and as a result, they discovered that ties increase the risk of suffering from negative cerebrovascular effects due to the compression of the jugular veins and carotids, which reduced blood flow to the brain.
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The study was conducted with 30 young and healthy men, who were 24.6 years of age in average. The group was divided in two: the first wore a tie with the most common knot, the Windsor, and the rest went without a tie. Both groups got an MRI scan, both with and without the tie. The ones wearing it showed signs of a 7.5% reduction in blood flow to the brain, as compared to the regular flow they have. When brain blood flow decreases, it can affect our cognitive function, and therefore reduce our concentration and ability to work.
A long history
This element in gentlemen's attire is almost as old as civilization as we know it. Even before ties existed, Egyptians used pieces of clothing adorned with precious stones around their necks. Then, scarves came around, and an example of their usage is the Terracotta Army, whose warriors wear scarves either to protect them from the cold or to prevent irritation from the armor.
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In the seventeenth century, men used to wear cravats, which are the ancestors of the tie as we know it today. The accessory became a symbol of power and elegance, as can be seen in paintings that date from that era.
During Queen Victoria's reign, the use of cravats reflected the position of men in society, so that those who were in a higher level wore more delicate and subtle accessories, while the ones in lower levels wore more colorful and varied options. Cravats are returning to men's style, giving them a more sophisticated look.
The bow tie made its appearance in the eighteenth century, and the tie as we know it today dates back to the late nineteenth century.
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After this study, researchers suggested wearing clothes that give us more freedom, so blood can flow smoothly to the brain in order to avoid the risk of cerebrovascular effects. Fortunately, more industries are relaxing their rules regarding business attire, and it's more common now to find business casual clothing that makes you look put together.
So, next time you're considering wearing a tie, ask yourself if you want to be healthier and live longer.
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