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A nap is as good as pills for blood pressure

Written by on March 8, 2019

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A nap is as good as pills for blood pressure

An afternoon nap is just as effective as taking a pill to cut blood pressure, research suggests.

Scientists found those who enjoyed a midday snooze were more likely to experience a drop in readings compared to adults who stayed awake.

NHS guidance states ideal blood pressure should range between 90 and 120mmHg for systolic blood pressure.

In a trial involving 212 people with an average age of 62, Greek researchers found a daily 49-minute nap slashed their readings by 5mmHg.

Experts claim patients can expect a similar drop after taking a low-dose blood pressure pill.

Lead researcher Dr Manolis Kallistratos, from Asklepieion General Hospital in Greece, said: “Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes.

“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.

“Napping can be easily adopted and typically doesn’t cost anything.”

“As tempting as it might sound to swap all of these measures for a daily siesta, making healthy lifestyle choices remains the key to preventing heart attacks and strokes, along with taking medication where recommended.”


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