Study: Ties Restrict Blood Flow to The Brain

Amanda Stewart
Jul 8, 2018 · 2 min read

Men who are comfortably dressed are generally more productive throughout the day. According to new research, this may be because ties restrict blow flow to the brain.

The study, which was published in Neuroradiology, took place in Germany at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein. Researchers found ties may be squeezing the veins in the neck and limits blow flow.

To determine the impact of wearing a tie on blood flow, researchers took MRI brain scans of 30 young men. Half of the men were instructed to wear comfortable, open-collared shirts. The other half were asked to wear a business shirt and tie with the knot tightened to the point of slight discomfort.

The group of men wearing ties had 7.5% less blood flow to the brain. As mentioned above, this can impact an individual’s ability to be productive throughout the workday.

In more extreme cases, not having enough blood flow to the brain can cause a stroke and kill organ tissue. If the individual already has high blood pressure, it could prove to be fatal. And, in the short term, experts warn it can impair your cognitive function.

Prior to this study, researchers found ties may increase pressure in the eyes of individuals who wear them as well. So, is there enough evidence to throw out all your ties and put up picket signs outside the office?

Should You Stop Wearing Ties?

Well, no, not really. Before you run to the HR department about changing the office dress code, it is important to remember this study examined a very small group of individuals.

It also isn’t clear what the specific impact of decreased blood flow may be. The study didn’t delve into changes in reaction time or decision-making skills.

Also, as the Metro pointed out, the researchers asked the group of men wearing ties to adjust them to the point of slight discomfort. So, maybe this shouldn’t pull ties out of your wardrobe completely but if you’re anti-tie, feel free to present this to your boss as evidence for debate.

Readers, what do you think about the findings of this study? Will you stop wearing ties?

Originally published at on July 8, 2018.

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