A recent study from Cambridge University shows that people who nap during the day on a regular basis increase their chances of dying by as much as 32 percent. Moreover, long naps are associated with a higher risk of respiratory disease.
This theory is contradicted by other studies, such as the one conducted by the European Society of Cardiology in London. This one reveals that people who take naps are much healthier.
“Μidday sleep is a habit that nowadays is almost a privileged due to a nine to five working culture and intense daily routine. However the real question regarding this habit is: is it only a custom or is it also beneficial?” said Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, who is a Greek cardiologist. According to him, naps should be part of our daily routine, to support a healthy lifestyle.
The researchers looked at the data of about 400 people who displayed high blood pressure. They adjusted their data for other factors, such as BMI (body mass index), sodium intake, coffee and alcohol intake and tobacco consumption.
It was reported that the people who were used to taking naps for at least an hour everyday were much healthier than those who only slept at night. In addition to that, it was proved that longer naps were better than short ones.
Among the benefits they listed for longer naps was lower blood pressure. People who napped during the day had their blood pressure decreased by 5 percent. This, in turn, leads to lower risk of having a heart attack by more than 10 percent.
Secondly, nappers had healthier hearts and arteries due to the lower systolic blood pressure, which reduced their risk of strokes.
A good nap during the day also makes people more efficient at work and happier, according to the same study.
Think of a nap as if it were a well-deserved break from the pressure of everyday life. After you’ve slept for at least an hour, all that exhaustion and crankiness will be gone and you will most likely feel as good as new.
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