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Midday nappers have lower blood pressure levels and take fewer medications

Research examining the lifestyle habits of hypertensive patients in Greece has suggested that taking a nap can improve blood pressure.

Research examining the lifestyle habits of hypertensive patients in Greece has suggested that taking a nap can improve blood pressure. In the image, a man takes a nap

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Hypertensive patients who take a nap in the middle of the day have lower pressure compared to those who do not

Time spent asleep has been linked to blood pressure (BP) levels. Researchers at the Asclepion Voulas Hospital in Athens performed a study to see if taking a nap at midday affected the BP of hypertensive patients. 

Sleep habits, BP, lifestyle habits and other measures were collected for 386 patients. Those who slept at midday had a 4% lower daytime systolic BP (126.18±10.25 mmHg vs 131.45±13.21 mmHg, P<0.05) and also a 6% lower night time systolic BP (114.97±11.23 mmHg vs 122.56±15.13 mmHg, P<0.005). In addition, midday sleepers were on fewer antihypertensive medications. 

During the European Society of Cardiology Congress on 29 August 2015[1] where the results were presented, lead researcher Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist, said “the longer the midday sleep, the lower the systolic BP levels and probably fewer drugs needed to lower BP”.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20069294

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