Love a quick nap in the afternoon?
Well, I’ve got some news that will make you love your afternoon siestas even more.
And if you’re not into napping, you might want to consider a change of habit. Because making time to occasionally grab an extra 40 winks during the day could deliver some surprising benefits.
If a quick recharge for the old batteries isn’t enough of a motivation, I’ve got another one for you today. It’s NOT just a matter of refreshment.
As strange as it sounds, that nap could be MORE POWERFUL than any currently known drug for the heart.
New research reveals napping from time to time could help protect you from just about every significant cardiac condition, including heart attack.
And all you gotta do… is doze.
Slash heart problem risks in half with a nap
The new study tracked some 3,500 folks in Switzerland up to the age of 75 for up to eight years.
These were healthy folks… at least at the start of the study… with no history of heart problems. But as you can imagine, not all of them stayed that way.
Some suffered. Others suffered BIG. And others had severe chronic heart conditions over those years.
And when researchers looked for differences between who did and who didn’t, they stumbled on a biggie… naps.
Napping just once or twice a week cut the risk of ALL major cardiovascular problems almost in half.
As folks got older, the benefits started to fade. But since other studies have found multiple benefits across ALL age groups, don’t let that rouse you from your rest.
The simple secret to a perfectly timed nap
The key with a nap is to make sure it’s truly a nap. That means a BRIEF snooze, not hours of the day lost to sleep.
There’s a quick trick you can try called a “coffee nap” that can help keep you from oversleeping.
When you’ve reached that low point in the afternoon, make yourself a cup of coffee… then immediately hit the hay.
You’ll snooze about 20 minutes or so, not much more. Then, you’ll wake up as the caffeine hits doubly refreshed from both the coffee and the nap.
One note of caution, however: If you find you’re exhausted midday… if you try to take a nap without coffee and sleep hours… don’t cover it up with caffeine.
It could be a sign of something else wrong.
That might even help explain why napping once or twice cuts the risk, while napping daily doesn’t.
One likely culprit for midday drowsiness is poor sleep at night due to a condition such as sleep apnea. Another possibility is a drug side effect… one you may not have to tolerate if you have other options.
Speak to a naturopathic doc who can help you figure out what’s really going on and get you back on track. That way, you only sleep during the day because you WANT to and never because you HAVE to.
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