Naps are good for your health: new study

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According to new research out of Greece, regular one-hour naps during the day not only aid in relaxation but can also help with other serious health problems.

The findings

The study of 212 people found a short sleep during the day could lower blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

During the study, participants wore blood pressure monitors and those who slept for at least one hour each day saw their blood pressure drop on average by 3mm Hg.

Co-author of the study Dr Manolis Kallistratos found that midday sleep appeared to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes, such as salt and alcohol reduction.

The benefits of sleep

According to the home doctor experts at House Call Doctor, short naps, in addition to the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep a night can improve short term alertness and performance.

Some of the benefits of a short nap throughout the day are:

  • Restored alertness and performance enhancement
  • Extended alertness later in the day
  • Beneficial for those suffering from narcolepsy
  • Psychological benefits such as relaxation and rejuvenation.

Aside from napping, the most important step in leading a healthy life is to sleep for the recommended six to eight hours each night.

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are invaluable. Some benefits include:

  • Assistance in weight loss
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Mental wellbeing.