Could a power nap improve your health?
A new study of 3500 Swiss adults has revealed that napping may be good for your heart. Researchers found those who took one or two daytime naps a week had a lower risk of heart problems. Experts believe that this is because short snoozes can help relieve stress and compensate for inadequate sleep at night, which will help heart health.
A 2018 survey by Chemist4U showed that the average person in the UK sleeps between 5.78 and 6.83 hours per night missing out on around 100 minutes sleep. Such sleep deprivation is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and mental distress. Past studies have linked long naps to increased cardiovascular issues, so experts recommend sticking to short snoozes – 20 minutes is enough to benefit from increased alertness and performance. Interestingly, the study indicated that those older than 65 are unlikely to enjoy the heart-health benefits of napping. Learn more about how snoozing can aid heart health.
During the swiss survey more that 2 naps a week did not yield any benefit and naps shouldn’t be used to substitute a good night’s sleep. Sleeping too much in the daytime can be a sign of a health problem, if you’re concerned about your sleep levels it’s best to contact a medical professional.