New Study Says Napping Is Good For Heart Health

Grant Boone
September 11, 2019

Researchers from University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland looked at the association between the number of naps, average nap length and the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular issues. "It's often hard to untangle what is cause and effect, especially when some serious conditions, such as coronary heart disease, can be largely symptom-free for decades prior to a critical complication such as a heart attack", he told the Science Media Centre (SMC) in London.

Occasional sound asleep, once to twice weekly, turn out to be once related to a virtually halving in attack, stroke and heart failure chance when put next with other folks that did now not nap at all. The connection between taking more naps and cardiovascular health wasn't as strong, so one or two a week seems to be the sweet spot.

Each participant was aged between 35 and 75 when recruited between 2003 and 2006.

Participants' first check-up took place between 2009 and 2012, when information on their sleep and nap patterns in the previous week was collected, and their health was then subsequently monitored for an average of 5 years.

"Subjects who nap once or twice per week have a lower risk of incident CVD events", the study's conclusion stated.

"If older adults report taking a lot of long, extended naps during the day, that might be an alarm for clinicians", said Leng.

During the monitoring period, there were 155 fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease "events".

Meanwhile, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends most adults get at least seven hours of shuteye a night for a variety of health benefits.

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They said: "While the exact physiological pathways linking daytime napping to [cardiovascular disease] risk is not clear, [this research] contributes to the ongoing debate on the health implications of napping, and suggests that it might not only be the duration, but also the frequency that matters".

The only factors that influenced this link were older age (65+) and severe sleep apnea.

A study published in February suggested that people who catch up on missed sleep during the week by napping on weekends tend to snack more, increasing their risk for excess weight gain.

The observational review, which was released in Heart, the journal of the British Cardiovascular Society, uncovered that no these affiliation emerged for better frequency or duration of naps.

Doctors Yue Leng and Kristine Yaffe of the University of California at San Francisco pointed out in a linked editorial to the study that research in this area is hard because there isn't a reliable system on how naps are defined and measured - including whether they're planned or unplanned and taken occasionally when needed or habitually as a cultural practice.

Hearty naps " The study of napping is a challenging but also a promising field with potentially significant public health implications", the authors explain.

The researchers discovered that those that napped a few times per week have been 48% much less prone to expertise these points, even when different elements have been taken under consideration.

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