And Taking Fewer Medzzzz
Want to lower your high blood pressure without boosting your intake of anti- hypertension meds? Simple: take a nice refreshing nap each afternoon. A Greek study that involved 386 adults who were being treated for hypertension found that those who took midday naps recorded daytime blood pressure readings that were five percent lower than those of non-nappers over 24 hours. The reduction held when controlled for age, sex, BMI, smoking status and exercise level, as well as salt, alcohol and coffee consumption. While the five percent figure seems modest, reducing systolic blood pressure by as little as one percent can cut the risk of cardiovascular illness by up to ten percent. The hypertension patients who napped were also getting by with fewer medications than the non-nappers.