Once to twice naps a week may help keep your heart healthy, researchers say
There is new proof that daytime naps may be linked to a lower risk of heart attack/stroke, but exclusively if they’re limited to a few moments a week.
The study, announced Monday in the journal Heart, is based on data gathered from nearly 3.5k people residing in Switzerland.
The rate of napping varied. More than half (58%) said they never took a daytime nap, while about one in 10 stated they nodded off almost daily.
About 1 in 5 associates hit what the researchers obtained to be the napping sweet spot: 1 to 2 times per week.
It was that specific nap frequency that was linked to a 48% lowered risk for heart failure, heart attack or stroke.
Nap distance did not appear to affect the findings and included anything from a quick, 5-minute catnap to an hour-plus nap. Because the research was observational, it cannot prove cause and effect.
This does not mean doctors should start writing prescriptions to nap for optimal heart health, essentially because there’s no way to know what ‘dosage’ is most suitable.
Sleep loss drives up the risk of obesity, a recognised risk factor for heart disease.
But when it comes to daytime naps, there seems to be a fine line between when they may be helpful and when they may harm.
Also good bedtime routine can help, according to sleep experts, who recommend these following tips:
- Get up at the same time every day, despite on weekends or throughout vacations.
- Keep your bedroom room comfortable, cool temperature.
- Limit exposure to intense light in the evenings, and avoid caffeine and liquor before bed.
- Turn off electronic gadgets at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Exercise daily and keep a healthy diet.