This world has two kinds of people: those who nap, and those who don’t.
And even though nappers are often called “lazy”, a recent research has found that people who manage to grab a nap in the afternoon are almost at 50% less risk of having a heart attack compared to those who don’t.
According to scientists, a lack of sleep raises the risk of atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque in the arteries, and this causes them to narrow and harden.
We’ve all heard how eight is the magic number when it comes to your sleeping routine, but we all know how that’s not always possible. So, some people find napping to be the best tool to catch up on the sleep missed at night.
Researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland monitored 3,400 people aged between 35-75 for an average of five years.
The study has been published in the British Medical Journal, Heart, and it shows the link between napping frequency, the average nap duration, and the risk of someone suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
There were 155 heart attacks or strokes over the duration of the study, and researchers found that napping just once or twice a week was linked with almost halving the risk (48%) compared to people who didn’t nap at all.
Dr. Nadine Hausler of the University Hospital of Lausanne, the study’s lead author, said that they also accounted for other factors that could potentially impact the results.
She said that the association held true after taking account of potentially influential factors, such as age, night-time sleep, as well as other cardiovascular disease risks.
According to Dr. Hausler, regular napping was only found to have adverse effects on people aged over 65 and with severe sleep apnoea.