Study Finds Link Between Regular Napping and Stroke

Study Finds Link Between Regular Napping and Stroke
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Taking a nap from time to time is generally recognized as beneficial for a person’s health. It may  reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, increase our level of alertness, provide help in the learning process, and even more. But a new large study comes to bring us some bad news. It claims that the simple act of napping often can lead to having higher chances of having a stroke and high blood pressure, according to CNN.

However, there’s no use swearing on your car keys that you’ll never ever Most probably, the new study doesn’t indicate that napping itself is bad.

Michael Grandner, a clinical psychologist, explains how this is possible, as CNN quotes:

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.

The research found that those participants who were used to taking naps had a 24% higher chance of having a stroke compared to those individuals who don’t have the same habit. The risk of dealing with high blood pressure also goes up for those who nap by 12%.

Stroke is known to occur once every 60 seconds in the US, and the condition kills a person once every 3.5 minutes.

Dr. Phyllis Zee, who is the director at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine in Chicago, explained, as the same source mentioned above quotes:

The results demonstrate that napping increases the incidence of hypertension and stroke, after adjusting or considering many variables known to be associated with risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke,
From a clinical standpoint, I think it highlights the importance for health care providers to routinely ask patients about napping and excessive daytime sleepiness and evaluate for other contributing conditions to potentially modify the risk for cardiovascular disease.

The new study was published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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