No shame in having an afternoon siesta.
Scientists from Asklepieion General Hospital have found through new research that having an afternoon nap is just as effective as taking a pill to lower blood pressure.
In a trial involving 212 people with an average age of 62, Greek researchers found a daily 49-minute nap slashed their systolic blood pressure readings by 5mm Hg.
Researchers said this is a similar drop to what patients experience after taking a low-dose blood pressure pill.
Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. Based on our findings, if someone has the luxury to take a nap during the day, it may also have benefits for high blood pressure.
Although, researchers do state that patients should consider other lifestyle changes first to combat high blood pressure, adding a nap during the day doesn’t cost anything and sleep is need for our well being.
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