A new study into cardiovascular health has discovered that there might be a link between life expectancy and how often people take a nap.
Despite every day we have lived technically being just as long as any other, some of them can feel incredibly long. It's those days when we need some sleep in between our sleep if you get what we mean. Waking up in the morning and not getting to sleep again until later that night simply isn't good enough.
We are, of course, referring to naps. An hour or two in the afternoon to rejuvenate us and help us push through the rest of the day. The trouble is, napping can often feel a little taboo. That we should be using those daytime hours to get things done. We've woken up from many a nap feeling incredibly guilty for no particular reason.
We're here to tell you that there's no need to feel that guilt. Don't believe us? Well, science says so too, reports The Telegraph. A study undertaken by researchers at University Hospital Lausanne in Switzerland has discovered that napping a couple of times a week can actually be beneficial to our cardiovascular health. Those who napped for an hour or less once or twice a week reduced their chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure by 48%.
It's relatively surprising that napping has been researched this extensively up until this point. Residents of Mediterranean countries have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. Perhaps that can be attributed to the fact that many of them have siestas. On the other hand, Japanese people have the highest life expectancy of all, but sleep the least during the night. The country does have a napping culture though, with some people being allowed to catch a few Zs at work.
As with anything and everything, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. The study also found that napping more often than a couple of times a week actually increased a person's chance of suffering from heart issues. That can be due to the need to nap that often being linked to a pre-existing, underlying health issue. If you feel the need to nap every single day, it might be time to look at other elements of your lifestyle.