Daytime Naps Linked to a Healthy Heart
Bring on naptime! A new study has found that napping once or twice a week could lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
As parents, we don't get much time added on our schedule for naptime, but the numbers may inspire new #goals. The University Hospital of Lausanne, based in Switzerland, tracked over 3,400 people between the ages of 35 and 75 for just over five years. They uncovered that people who took time to nap (once or twice a week between five minutes to an hour) were 48% less vulnerable to fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease complications.
The report states, "We observed a significantly lower risk for subjects napping 1–2 times weekly for developing a CVD event compared with non-napping subjects, in unadjusted as well as adjusted models." While the study suggests that these nappers have healthier or more organized lifestyles in general, it also found that people who nap on a daily basis are likely to have more health complications.
It sounds like it's all about balance and moderation. Not to mention, also keeping in mind exercise and a balanced diet.