If you nap, this new study says you have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure and stroke. This is according to a new analysis published Monday in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. You may know that having hypertension puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the US, according to the CDC. Geriatric researchers looked at the sleep habits and medical histories of some 360,000 people in the UK and found that participants who took naps on most days saw a 24% increase in their likelihood of stroke, and were 12% more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension over time. The nap factor was even more worrisome in those age 60 and under, as napping most days led to a 20% higher chance of developing high blood pressure.
Link: New York Post