There’s new evidence that taking a nap can lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Research from the journal Heart says that if you take an occasional nap, which would be one to two days a week, it lowers your risk of heart disease compared to those who don’t take a nap.
Researchers said 58 percent in the study took a nap one to two days a week while others took a nap every day. The best results came from the occasional nappers. It didn’t matter how long the nap was either. The research showed that a daytime nap was a stress reliever and may help those who don’t get enough sleep at night.
Those who study sleep behavior say sleeping affects everything you do, from your metabolism to your immune system. Unfortunately, a study has found that if you nap a lot on the weekend, it leads to more eating which raises your risk for obesity. So, while napping can be a good thing, getting proper sleep at night is best.
Here’s the recommended routine for getting a good nights sleep from sleep experts:
- Get up at the same time every day, even when you’re not working.
- Keep your bedroom comfortably cool.
- Limit your exposure to bright light in the evening and avoid caffeine and alcohol before you go to bed.
- Turn off your electronic devices at least a half hour before you go to bed.
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
I’ve been taking a daily nap for all 35 years I’ve been working the morning show and I wouldn’t do without it.