Many studies have shown that exercise or diet control may prove to be an effective way to control high blood pressure. But a recent study revealed, and quite interestingly so, that a midday nap might just be what you need to keep it under check. The study also found that it might help a great deal in boosting your energy levels, report The Indian Express.The study was conducted by researchers at the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece.
“Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. For example, salt and alcohol reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by 3 to 5 [millimeters of mercury (mmHg)],” Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, one of the researchers of the study revealed.
To conduct the study, the researchers worked with 212 participants who had a mean blood pressure of 129.9 mm Hg. As per Medical News, “According to guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a person has high blood pressure if their readings of systolic blood pressure (pressure during a heartbeat) are 140 mm Hg or higher, and their readings of diastolic blood pressure (pressure between heartbeats) are 90 mm Hg or higher. The participants were, on average, 62 years old, and close to one in four of them smoked, had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or both.”