Long-term effects of napping on cardiovascular health

Author(s): Riley Kleemeier

We all need a nap every once in a while—but the effects of frequent napping have remained controversial in the scientific community. Over the years, different studies have yielded different results, but a 2019 report published in the journal Heart aimed to end the controversy once and for all.

The study followed almost 3,500 people with no history of cardiovascular disease for over 5 years. Each participant reported their nap patterns over the course of a typical week. After the follow-up period, there were 155 fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events amongst the participants.

With this data in mind, the researchers concluded that those who napped 1-2 times a week were 48% less likely to have cardiovascular problems than those who did not nap at all. The duration of the nap did not seem to make a difference.

The results of this study confirm that, while there is still more to be studied regarding naps and long-term cardiovascular health, nap frequency should play an important role in future studies.

To read more about this study, please click here.

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/naps-and-cardiovascular-health-the-pros-and-cons#Why-more-research-is-sorely-needed

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