A new study says people who occasionally nap can cut their risk of heart attack, strokes and heart disease in half compared to those who don’t nap, CBS News reports.
But oddly, the study also found that people who nap too much may actually be increasing risk for cardiovascular disease.
However, study author Nadine Hausler explained that frequent nappers are usually older, overweight men with tobacco habits and sleep apnea, and after filtering them out the cardiovascular risk disappears.
A New York doctor said the study results, published Tuesday in the journal Heart, were inconclusive. “I don’t think it’s anything definitive, in terms of whether napping is actually helpful or not helpful.” Hausler disagrees, claiming that they can now conclusively say “an occasional nap can potentially decrease cardiovascular disease risk for healthy adults.”