The siesta is one of most characteristic traditions of Spain. Lying down after eating has become a Spanish custom that often seems curious in other countries. If this is done by following specific parameters can bring great benefitsit is also necessary to know the risks that a Excessive use of this.
A British study claims that people who take regular naps are 12% more likely to develop high blood pressure over time and a 24% more likely to have a strokel, compared to those who do not sleep. These percentages vary according to the age of the person.
The research excluded both people with high risk of hypertensionlike those who had Type 2 diabetesexisting blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep problems and they worked at night.
The study was conducted For four years United Kingdom. Between 2006 and 2010, the 36,000 attendees They provided blood, urine and saliva tests. Additionally, they answered questions about napping during the four-year study.
Dr Phyllis Zee, director of the Northwestern Center for Sleep and Circadian MedicineChicago Feinberg University School of Medicine states that “the results demonstrate that napping increases the incidence of hypertension and stroke, after adjusting for or accounting for many variables known to be associated with the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokesThat’s why many experts say it’s a good idea for doctors to ask patients about napping and excessive daytime sleepiness to assess possible illnesses.
The worst naps are the longest
Many experts have come to the same conclusion: the longest naps are the worst. According to Dr. Raj Dasgupta, associate professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California: “A restorative nap of 15 to 20 minutes Around noon is 100% the way to go if you’re sleep deprived.”
“The siesta is a warning sign of a sleep disorder in some people”. Thus, sleep disorders can lead to various diseases, including high blood pressure.
Do not abuse naps
The nap is restorative sleep which we do not always need; we shouldn’t establish it as a usual customand try to reserve this moment for the days when we feel more tired. It is mainly recommended for days when you have made extra or unusual physical effort; or when you slept little the night before.