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Those with blood pressure issues are looking for natural ways to help themselves, but few understand how an afternoon nap can prevent heart attacks.

Studies have shown that people who take an afternoon nap enjoy better heart health and have a decreased risk of heart attack or clogged arteries and the surgeries required to address those risks.

Benefits of that Afternoon Nap

Those who manage to fit in a nap in the afternoon enjoyed lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke and also the benefit of needing fewer drugs to address their blood pressure issues. For those who took a longer nap, the benefits increased in correlation with the amount of time spent asleep.

Tips to Sleep Well at Night

Keep the same bedtime and wake up time – Consistency when it comes to time to go to sleep and wake up are important. Make sure bedtime is when you feel tired, so you aren’t forcing yourself to sleep when you don’t feel it. Wake up should be a time you wake naturally, since that indicates you got a sufficient amount of sleep.

Nap to address any lost sleep occurrences – For the times you miss a few hours of sleep, attempt to fit in a nap to make up that deficit before it grows unmanageable. However, if you have trouble sleeping, keep the nap to 30 minutes and make sure it is in the early afternoon.

Fight the after-dinner sleepy dust – Try some exercise after dinner if you feel like you are tired but it is far to early to hit the sack. Prepare for tomorrow or contact a friend and have a conversation. Just do not sit on the couch and attempt to stay awake by watching tv.

Spend time outside during the day – Also, take off your sunglasses to let the light get to your face more successfully.

Turn off the television and computer in the evenings and close to bedtime. The light from these appliances can have a negative effect on melatonin production and make it hard to fall asleep.

Use dimmer light bulbs in the areas you spend time close to bedtime. Avoid bright light bulbs. Likewise, during the night use a flashlight or keep the path to the bathroom lit with dim but efficient nightlights to avoid using the brighter room lights.

In order to have the right bedtime and wake up time, experiment. Try different times within a week or two week time frame and see what seems to work best for you. This will help greatly when it comes to getting better sleep at night. However, do not forget to fit in that nap during the day, particularly if you are struggling with high blood pressure. This extra bit of sleep can help you function at higher levels and also improve your health. That is a double benefit that should not be ignored or discounted for its lack of importance.