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Napping Is Good for Us, Says Science

Finally, some good news!

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Partial to an afternoon nap? Same, and have we got news for you. According to new scientific research, a daytime snooze is actually good for our health. Ha-lle-lujah.

After analysing data from 212 people, Greek scientists concluded that a regular hour-long nap is an effective way of lowering blood pressure. Given that hypertension - or high blood pressure - can put you at risk of all sorts of health conditions like heart disease and stroke, that's a good enough reason for a sleep than any.

The study was conducted by doctors at the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece, and involved testing participants with high blood pressure. They each wore a blood pressure monitor and the ones who slept for one hour a day experienced an average drop of 3mm Hg in blood pressure, compared to those who didn't.

According to the study’s co-author, Dr Manolis Kallistratos, "Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes. For example, salt and alcohol reduction can bring blood pressure levels down by 3 to 5 mm Hg.

Based on our findings, if someone has the luxury to take a nap during the day, it may also have benefits for high blood pressure."

BRB, going to start a petition for every office, uni and school to have dedicated nap rooms. Who's in?