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Naps are Good for Your Heart

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

We hear a lot about how important exercise is to the health of our hearts. That’s a given. What we don’t know is how important a nap is to heart health. Or that’s the case being presented these days by the American Heart Association.

A nap can — the association notes — get you out of that expected afternoon energy drop, get you recharged and help with alertness and your mood. The why starts with asking yourself some questions:

  Do you get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night?

  After lunch, do you start to feel cranky and irritable?

  Are you bright and alert in the morning, but find it hard to concentrate by the afternoon?

  Do you need another cup of coffee or a sugary energy drink just to make it to dinner?

 

If you say yes to ANY of those questions — and be honest, most of us will — then a nap might be just the cure. In fact, the American Heart Association promises it will benefit — not just your attitude and energy — but your heart. Here’s why:

  Naps increase your alertness and help you play closer attention in meetings.

  They adjust the attitude. You’re less impulsive and better able to handle frustration.

  Naps improve memory and make it easier to recall facts.

  Naps make you more creative. You need sleep to learn new skills and be creative.

  A good nap is as good as a good night’s sleep.

 

Just as important is how you nap:

When: Mid-afternoon is best — around 3pm. Don’t nap too late in the day because it spoils sleep at night.

Where: A cool, quiet place. A car during a break works.

How long: 20-minutes or so is good and won’t disrupt sleep at night

 

Source link: American Heart Association

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