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Take a Power Nap

Nap Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Researchers say nappers everywhere have real reasons to squeeze in a short midday snooze. Sleeping less than six hours a night can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, according to a study at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. A short nap can improve your energy and decrease stress without keeping you awake when you want to sleep at night.

Centegra’s doctors offer napping tips:

  • Plan to nap for just 15-30 minutes early in the afternoon. Longer naps can make you feel groggy or interfere with a good night’s sleep.
  • Pick the right spot. Aim for a quiet, dark place where you can get the most from your nap.
  • Snooze when you’ve had a rough night’s sleep. Researchers believe daytime naps can help you make up for poor nighttime rest.

Sleep apnea is a condition that puts you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Take a quiz to find your Snore Score to learn more about your risk. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea or other sleep disorder contact The Centegra Sleep Services staff at 815-334-5566 to schedule a sleep study.

Heart failure can also interfere with your body’s ability to get restful sleep. The experts at the Centegra Heart Failure Clinic will help you manage your heart failure to get the most out of life.


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