A Relaxing Way To Lower Blood Pressure

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A thoroughly pleasant method
for lowering your blood pressure.
Taking a short nap in the
afternoons lowers blood pressure, new research finds.
An afternoon nap is as
powerful as reducing alcohol and salt and almost as good as taking medication.
Taking naps could reduce heart
attack risk by 10 percent — possibly more if the naps are longer.
Around half of all Americans
have high blood pressure (the figures is around 30 percent in the UK).
Many, however, are unaware
since it typically has no symptoms.
The condition raises the risk
of heart attacks and strokes.
Manolis Kallistratos, the study’s first author, said:
“Midday sleep appears to lower
blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. For
example, salt and alcohol reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by 3
to 5 mm Hg.”
The study included 212 people
whose average age was 62.
People took an afternoon nap
for an average of 49 minutes.
The results showed that taking
a nap each day was linked to lowering blood pressure by an average of 5 mm/Hg.
Kallistratos said:
“These findings are important
because a drop in blood pressure as small as 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of
cardiovascular events such as heart attack by up to 10 percent. Based on our
findings, if someone has the luxury to take a nap during the day, it may also
have benefits for high blood pressure.”
In addition, the results
showed that for each hour of napping blood pressure was reduced by 3 mm/Hg.
Kallistratos said:
“We obviously don’t want to
encourage people to sleep for hours on end during the day, but on the other
hand, they shouldn’t feel guilty if they can take a short nap, given the
potential health benefits. Even though both groups were receiving the same
number of medications and blood pressure was well controlled, there was still a
significant decrease in blood pressure among those who slept during midday.”
The study was presented at the
American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session (Poulimenos et
al., 2019).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.