Daytime naps could help prevent heart attacks, strokes, study finds

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Need an excuse to squeeze in a midday snooze?

Scientists from the University Hospital of Lausanne found that occasional napping could help you maintain a healthy heart.

The research is published in the Heart journal.

In the study, the team aimed to explore the link between daytime napping and heart disease risk.

They examined 3,462 people ages 35 to 75 who reported information about their napping patterns, including how long and how often they rested. The team also evaluated the people’s medical records.

After analyzing the results, the researchers found those who slept once or twice weekly for five minutes to an hour were 48% less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure, compared to those who didn’t nap at all.

There was no apparent link between more frequent napping or napping duration.

The team says although the blood pressure and heart rate surge following awakening after an afternoon nap might increase cardiovascular risk in the short term.

The stress-releasing result of occasional naps might counteract this effect and explain the lower risk of heart disease events for occasional nappers compared with non-nappers.

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