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No need to feel guilty about napping. A study from the American College of Cardiology says midday napping can lower your blood pressure.

Researchers analyzed 212 people with an average age of 62 years old. They found that taking a nap during the day was linked with a significant drop in blood pressure, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack.

In addition to assessing blood pressure and midday napping, researchers looked into lifestyle habits like coffee consumption and level of physical activity. They also adjusted for factors known to influence blood pressure, like age and gender.

Overall, blood pressure was lower among those who took some time out of their day to nap.


American College of Cardiology. (2019, March 7). A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay: Catching some midday shut-eye linked to similar drops in blood pressure seen with other lifestyle changes, some medications. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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