How a power nap protects your heart

We adore taking naps! They not only keep us in shape, but they also help to strengthen our hearts. However, as a new study demonstrates, only under certain circumstances.

Most of us feel a little drowsy after lunch at first. It's no surprise: our bodies are busy digesting during the lunchtime slump, and our energy levels plummet. Those who can do so might appreciate a snooze right now. For a long time, doctors have preached that this not only elevates our spirits but also restores our mental fitness. A power nap may also protect us against heart attacks and strokes, according to numerous research. Is this, however, always the case? No! At least, that's what experts at the Switzerland's University of Lausanne are now claiming.

Yes to naps - but in moderation

In total, the scientists examined data from 3,262 people over five years. The subjects were divided into groups - based on how many times a week they napped. Most participants, 58 percent, didn't take one at all. Some indulged in afternoon naps once or twice a week (19 percent), 12 percent took three to five naps a week, and 11 percent even took short naps almost every day.

Surprising outcome

When compared to the other groups, those who napped once or twice a week had a 48 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke. The subjects who didn't sleep at all between naps came in second. Those who napped practically every day had the highest risk of heart attack and stroke, which was surprising.

The study's author, Dr. Nadine Hausler, and her team were astonished by the results of the patients who napped practically every day. Other elements that could influence the study's outcome had already been considered by the researchers. The British Medical Journal reported all of the findings.

A stress-relieving nap in the middle of the day

As a result, the study concludes that naps are beneficial if taken in moderation. Taking a little afternoon sleep once or twice a week is the best protection for our hearts. This reduces our stress levels and, in some cases, can compensate for a lack of sleep.

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