- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
There are many stressors in our daily life.
Our busy schedules can make us tense. Being tense can raise our blood pressure, and put us at risk for heart disease. An antidote is a nap. On the weekends, try to nap on the patio of your apartment in Mooresville, NC
. During the week, if that won’t work, take short nap
at your desk if it is possible.
In a study of 85 young and tired adults, half the subjects took a nap for up to an hour. Then all the volunteers were given a mentally stressful test. Their heart rates were monitored while they took the test and after they were done.
All the subjects experienced a rise in blood pressure and pulse, but those who had napped for at least 45 minutes had significantly less dramatic rises during the test and a quicker return to lower numbers.
If a nap is totally impossible in your busy day, extra sleep at night is recommended. Protecting your heart from the effects of stress could have a big reward.