That Afternoon Nap Might Be Hurting Your Heart Health

WWJ News
March 14, 2020 - 3:22 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Do you like to doze off for an afternoon power nap?

According to a recent study, your heart may be better or worse off -- depending on how much you're napping.

The study looked at 3,462 people and surveyed them on their napping habits over a five-year period.

"Folks who were napping maybe two or three times a week had improved cardiovascular events and a lowering of these cardiovascular events, compared to those who weren't napping or napping more frequently," said Dr. Reena Mehra with the Cleveland Clinic.

Researchers also found those who were napping for longer durations had an increased risk of heart problems, whereas people who took "power naps" of 15-20 minutes had a decrease in their risk of suffering a heart-related event.

While it's OK to take a short nap every now and then, doctors recommend aiming to get 7-8 hours of regular sleep every night

"We usually recommend not napping," said Mehra. "So if you don't have any underlying sleep disorders, what happens then is that if you nap, then you no longer have that sleep pressure to fall asleep when it's time to fall asleep during the nighttime."

Complete results of the study can be found in BMJ Heart.