The Benefits Of A Midday Nap

care tips Aug 25, 2020

In this video we share some information of the benefits of a midday nap...

A midday nap could help lower blood pressure.

I'm Freedom Dave with Freedom Expansion Home Care Services.

I got a question for you. What do you call a male cow? Who takes a nap?

You got it. Do you know what it is?

A bulldozer

Anyways, today I'd like to talk to you about a recent study that found that people who take mid day naps have better blood pressure control than those who do not take a nap.

More specifically, individuals who slept for an hour after their lunchtime meal have results showing lower systolic blood pressure compared to their peers who did not take a nap.

This study showed that the nappers tend to use less medication to control their blood pressure. The study included 386 individuals were being treated for high blood pressure.

With an average age of 61, these individuals also had other cardiovascular risk factors such as 27% had diabetes. 31% were smokers, and a vast majority were generally overweight with that.

In mind, the individuals that took the midday nap saw a drop in their blood pressure readings lead study author, Dr.C   presented his research at the European Society of Cardiology 2015 Congress.

He also noted that even though the drop in blood pressure reading was small, we need to keep in mind that even a third in the drop, the recorded readings may decrease the risk of cardiovascular events by up to 10%. That's pretty big.

The researchers hope to do more studies with subjects who have untreated uncontrolled hypertension, as well as with healthy participants to see if the drop in blood pressure is consistent with everyone while it may be hard for full time workers and those with daytime responsibilities to take a 60 minute midday nap, try and take a few mindful moments for yourself throughout the day.

But catching a few Zs at lunchtime could benefit us all.

This is freedom, Dave, with freedom expansion home care services. And thank you for tuning into this episode of freedom, fun facts, and tips.

We'll see you next time.


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