Up to 2 Weekly Naps Likely To Keep Your Heart Healthy, Shows Research

A new study has found that taking naps during the day time is found to lower risk of getting stroke or heart attack. The research was published in the Heart journal this Monday. It was based on data gathered from about 3,500 people of Switzerland.

The lead author of this study and internist at University Hospital of Lausanne, Nadine Hausler said that there was a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases in healthy adults who took occasional naps of one or two times a week as compared to those who did not nap at all. The participants were within the age group of 35-75 and were in proper health without any issues of heart diseases and also without sleep-deprivation. The napping frequency varied among people. Nearly 58% said that they did not nap in the morning and one tenth of them said they took naps daily. Nearly one out of five participants said they napped one or two times a week.

The findings of the study were not affected by the length of the nap and they ranged from a quick catnap to an hour long snooze. Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Celine Vetter said that people who took nap one or two times a week are those who have made napping their priority as they realized that they did not get adequate sleep during the week. The influence of napping on heart health has not been made clear. However Hausler said that a nap during the day time may release stress due to an insufficient sleep.

In a study which was published in the year 2007 where healthy adults in Greece were studied, it was found that those people who napped for at least thrice a week had reduced risk of heart attacks. Vetter said that each and every physiological system, right from metabolism to immune system is dependent on the amount of sleep. Lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity. In case of older adults, frequent napping may be taken as a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. There are many ways to reduce the risks of heart diseases like following diet rich in vegetables, fruits and healthy oils, avoid smoking, maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure and weight as well as frequent exercise.

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