31 Aug '15, 5pm

Another reason to embrace the nap

Another reason to embrace the nap

A new study finds that a nap a day could save your life. A nap at noon may prove challenging for those in an office from 9 to 5, but for those with a flexible schedule or who live in cultures that cater to the siesta, an added health benefit may be theirs for the taking. According to new research, midday naps are associated with reduced blood pressure levels and prescription of fewer antihypertensive medications. Any remedy that leads to fewer prescriptions is a good thing ... especially when it's a nap, an activity (of sorts) that has so many other benefits as well. "Although William Blake affirms that it is better to think in the morning, act at noon, eat in the evening and sleep at night, noon sleep seems to have beneficial effects," said Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece and author of the study. "Two influen...

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