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A recent study published in the scientific journal Obesity has shown that people who take long naps have a BMI 2% higher than others. According to the researchers, the midday nap affects the functioning of our body and could be favorable to obesity.

You are followers of siesta digestive? Be careful that it does not last too long! Long naps are associated with a higher risk ofobesityindicates a new scientific study published within obesity.

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Long naps are associated with an increase in body mass index (BMI), metabolic syndrome, triglyceridesglucose and blood pressure said Marta Garaulet, study author and professor of physiology at the University of Murcia, Spain. According to the researchers, it is above all the nap that follows lunch that affects the functioning of the body.

On the other hand, the short naps could be beneficial and especially against high blood pressure.

The study was conducted on 3,000 Spaniards.

Bet on naps of less than 30 minutes

The researchers found that those who tended to take long naps – more than 30 minutes – had a body mass index 2% higher than the others. They also had a 23% higher risk of obesity and a risk of metabolic syndrome 40% higher. These medical conditions increase the risk of developing a disease cardiovascular.

However, there is no question of completely banishing the nap from your routine. If long naps can be harmful, this is not the case with shorter naps.

People who take naps less than 30 minutes reduce their risk of high blood pressure by 21%. Risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it affects 17 million patients in France.

On the other hand, when the nap is short, we see it associated with a decrease in the probability of having high blood pressure, so in a way, the nap becomes protective “, believe the scientists.

The conditions for a successful nap

For a nap to be beneficial, it must be taken in a place where you feel safe. It is important to be able to let go, explains Dr. Marc Rey, neurologist, sleep specialist and President of the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance.

Then, it is not always necessary to be lying down, but the position must be the most comfortable possible. Also, unlike at night, you don’t need to be in complete darkness or absolute silence.

You can do it in the garden with the sound of trees or in your living room with background music. The main thing is to succeed in loosen forgetting the hassle.

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