If you're anything like me, that means you absolutely love naps. Whether 10 minutes of solid sleep or one hour of uninterrupted rest, napping can make you fresh with energy. And if you want to find an excuse for napping during the day, here is a good one: occasional napping can bring you a healthy heart, according to a new study!
Daytime naps can bring you a healthy heart
In the latest study published in the Heart journal, the researchers recruited 3,462 people aged 35 to 75 and examined their napping patterns and medical records.
It turned out that participants who took a nap once or twice weekly for five minutes to an hour were 48% less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, compared to those who didn't nap at all. But the researchers didn't find an apparent link between more frequent napping or napping duration and heart health.
"Although the blood pressure and heart rate surge following awakening after an afternoon nap might increase cardiovascular risk in the short term," the scientists wrote in the study, "the stress releasing result of occasional naps might counteract this effect and explain the lower risk of cardiovascular disease events for occasional nappers compared with non-nappers."
Many previous studies have also suggested that napping can lead to better health.
Daytime naps can lower your blood pressure
For instance, a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session found that when a person took a nap for one hour in the afternoon, his or her 24-hour average systolic blood pressure would decrease by 3 mm Hg.
This finding suggests that a daytime nap can also lower your blood pressure levels.
So, whether you take naps in order to function or just because you love them, keep this good habit. Napping can be part of a good lifestyle!