The afternoon nap is good for the heart. Science says so

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Napping is good for the heart: Research from Asklepieion General Hospital (Voula, Greece) indicates that people accustomed to an afternoon nap are more likely to contain blood pressure than those who never take advantage of it. With positive repercussions on the health of the entire cardiovascular system



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Napping is good for the heart: Research from Asklepieion General Hospital (Voula, Greece) indicates that people accustomed to an afternoon nap are more likely to contain blood pressure than those who never take advantage of it, with positive repercussions on the state health of the entire cardiovascular system.



Taking a nap during the day is not just a "luxury", apparently it is a very useful practice that strengthens the heart (as well as the mind): blood pressure drops on average by 5 mmHg, a decrease similar to that induced by other techniques or drugs specifically designed. Also, for every 60 minutes of sleep around noon, the 24-hour mean systolic blood pressure was 3 mmHg lower.

The study was conducted on 212 people with an average blood pressure of 129,9 mmHg, aged around 62 years, a slight prevalence of women and with a percentage of smokers and / or with type 2 diabetes equal to approximately 25% (one in 4 volunteers), divided into two groups, one napping and the other carefully avoiding it (but with similar heart disease risk factors).

Researchers assessed and recorded blood pressure for 24 consecutive hours, nap time, which averaged 49 minutes, lifestyle habits (e.g. alcohol, coffee and salt consumption, physical activity levels), and speed of the so-called then sphygmica, a measure of the stiffness of the arteries.

"Midday naps appear to lower blood pressure levels as happens with healthier lifestyles - spiega Manolis Kallistratos, study co-author - For example, reducing salt and alcohol can lower blood pressure levels by 3 to 5 mmHg […] and low-dose antihypertensive therapy lowers blood pressure levels by 5-7 mmHg on average ”. No more, no less than a handsome one does nap after lunch.

And nocturnal sleep has nothing to do with it - patients have shown similar blood pressure rates during the night, meaning any reductions in blood pressure could be related to daytime naps.


More research is needed to validate these results which have not yet been published in any journal subject to scientific review but which confirm other previous studies. However, the American College of Cardiology agreed to let the authors present the results, considering them more than promising.


Have a good nap to everyone then, assuming they have the time to do it.



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