Napping On A Regular Basis May Increase Risk of Developing Hypertension
Taking a 15-to-20-minute nap in the afternoon once in a while can be a great way to recharge your batteries. However, according to a new study, people who nap on a regular basis may have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure or having a stroke.
The researchers used data from 358,451 participants who are part of the UK Biobank. None had hypertension or had had a stroke at the beginning of the study period. Participants provided information about their napping frequency once a year for 4 years. Blood pressure was evaluated at baseline and at the end of the study period. All incidences of stroke were recorded.
Participants who napped on a regular basis were found to have a 12% higher risk of developing high blood pressure and a 24% higher risk of having a stroke compared to participants who never napped.
Participants under the age of 60 who napped on a regular basis had a 20% increased risk of developing high blood pressure compared to those who never napped. All results held even after excluding participants at high risk for hypertension.
The study was conducted by researchers from Central South University. It was published online ahead of print on July 25, 2022 in the journal Hypertension.
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