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Can a Nap a Day Keep Blood Pressure at Bay?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

napping may lower blood pressure

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  • Midday sleep could be as effective at slashing blood pressure levels as other lifestyle interventions, like reducing alcohol intake or taking low-dose blood pressure medication
  • People who napped had an average systolic 24-hour blood pressure reading that was 5.3 mm Hg lower than those who did not, while both blood pressure numbers were also more favorable among nappers compared to non-nappers
  • For each hour of napping, 24-hour systolic blood pressure was lowered by 3 mm Hg
  • Improving your nitric oxide (NO), via specific exercises and diet, is the most profound thing you can do to lower your blood pressure because it relaxes your blood vessels

Catching a quick nap midday may be a simple, no-cost way to lower your blood pressure, according to researchers from the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece.

The research, presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session, suggests midday sleep could be as effective at slashing blood pressure levels as other lifestyle interventions, like reducing alcohol intake or taking low-dose blood pressure medication.


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