Midday Naps Can Lead To Better Health – Who’s In?
I don't know about you, but at this point in my adult life, I will NEVER argue with anyone who tells me to take a nap. Apparently it will make me more energetic and even help my blood pressure, and this has to be legit, there's scientific backing.
A recent study published by the American College of Cardiology explains that people who can find time for a little midday catnap "not only experienced a boost in energy, they were also more likely to experience a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn't nap."
When does this get written into my daily work schedule?
If you want to get scientific, check this out:
Researchers in Greece studied more than 200 people with “relatively well-controlled blood pressure” who slept for on average about 50 minutes during the day. What they found is that taking a nap during the day was associated with an average 5 mm Hg drop in blood pressure, “which is on par with what would be expected from other known blood pressure-lowering interventions.”
It's important to know that this doesn't mean we should be taking multi-hour siestas during the day, but a short snooze seems like it'll do us some good. Now we just need to get the boss on board, right?