Frequent Daytime Napping Linked to High Blood Pressure in Adults

According to recent research, published by the American Heart Association, frequent daytime napping in adults is associated with a 12% increased risk of developing high blood pressure and a 24% increased risk of having a stroke.Frequent Daytime Napping Linked to High Blood Pressure in Adults

For the current study, the researchers used information from UK Biobank which included more than 500,000 participants aged between 40 and 69 living in the UK between 2006 and 2010. They regularly provided blood, urine, and saliva samples, as well as detailed information about their lifestyle. Also, the daytime napping frequency survey was performed 4 times on a small proportion of the participants between 2006 and 2009.

Co-author of the study Michael A. Grandner, Ph.D., MTR, says: “This may be because, although taking a nap itself is not harmful, many people who take naps may do so because of poor sleep at night. Poor sleep at night is associated with poorer health, and naps are not enough to make up for that.”

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