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         In a cohort of middle-aged patients with well-controlled hypertension, those who took a long midday nap appeared to have better blood-pressure control that their peers, in a new study. Specifically, patients who slept 60 minutes, typically after a midday meal, had an average 24-hour blood-pressure reading that was 4 mm Hg lower, and while they slept at night, they had a 2% greater dip in blood pressure. Moreover, they tended to use fewer blood-pressure medications.Dr Manolis Kallistratos (Greece) presented these findings at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2015 Congress. A prospective study  enrolled 200 men and 186 women with a mean age of 61 years and a mean blood pressure of 129/76 mm Hg.

Midday sleep was associated with a 6-mm-Hg lower average systolic blood pressure, he noted in a press conference today. "Six mm Hg is a small amount, but we have to keep in mind that reductions of 2 mm Hg may decrease the risk of cardiovascular events by up to 10%," he said.