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Can daytime naps lower your blood pressure?

13 March 2019 No Comment

Apparently so! This is great news for people like me who love a sneaky disco nap. And it’s great news for any of you taking blood pressure medication. After all, who wouldn’t love to be taking less medications!

In a 2019 article on the website MedicalNewsToday, 212 people were studied. These were not the healthiest people – average age of 62, plenty of smokers and people with type 2 diabetes. Yet even with these complicating factors, the study found that people who took a daytime nap reduced their blood pressure by the same amount that standard medications do. Pretty powerful stuff!

Here are some choice quotes from the article:

Daytime napping can definitely help boost our energy levels and productivity for the rest of the workday

The researchers found that people who took a daytime nap saw a 5.3 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure, which, the researchers explain, is about as much as someone could expect when taking blood pressure medication or making certain lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure.

“We obviously don’t want to encourage people to sleep for hours on end during the day,” says Dr. Kallistratos, “but, on the other hand, they shouldn’t feel guilty if they can take a short nap, given the potential health benefits.”

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