Scientists from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania have completed a study that examines the effects of sleep on cardiovascular recovery following a stress test. The results indicate that patients who napped during the day on average had lower blood pressure than those who did not.
Increased anxiety and time spent in front of screens has had a dramatic effect on nocturnal sleep. In general, patients who slept less were more stressed out and therefore more prone to increased blood pressure. The average sleep period is about two hours less than it was 50 years ago.
“Our findings suggest that daytime sleep may offer cardiovascular benefit by accelerating cardiovascular recovery following mental stressors,” say authors Ryan Brindle and Sarah Conklin.
Although the study examined the effects of daytime naps on blood pressure, the message to be taken away is that a good night’s sleep is important for the body’s regulation of stress and anxiety.
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