Is napping better for you than blood pressure medication?

Updated: Jan 13

Under the Microscope

Hey guys, it’s your girl Britt! The other day, I was scrolling through my favorite social and saw an article that claimed afternoon napping was as good for you as taking your blood pressure medication. I thought, 'hmm....that’s interesting'. So, I did some digging. According to the abstract of the study referenced in the article, there were only 212 participants--- with an average age of 62. Also their average blood pressure readings were 129 over 76, which is actually pretty normal. The kicker though, is that participants taking blood pressure medication remained on their medication for the duration of the study. Although the researchers took midday sleep time and lifestyle habits into consideration, the abstract didn’t mention anything about nighttime sleep habits.


Sleep is a powerful tool when it comes to your overall health and wellness. However, too much sleep may increase your risk for heart disease. Adults under 65 should be getting anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day.

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References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324691.php#1

http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/accj/73/9_Supplement_2/20.full.pdf

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