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NAPPING MAY HELP LOWER BP

Posted: 06.2.2016
A new study suggests that napping may benefit your heart by helping to reduce the damage to the heart and arteries from high blood pressure. Researchers examined how an afternoon nap affected blood pressure in 400 men and women with high blood pressure. Those who napped saw on average a 5% reduction in their systolic (top) number throughout the day. For this particular study, participants napped at midday for one hour. Most research on napping points to the benefit of shorter naps, 20 to 30 minutes, for reducing stress, increasing alertness and productivity, and improving memory.

 

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