By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Want a daytime pick-me-up that may also benefit your blood pressure? Take a nap, researchers suggest.

“Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes,” said Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece.

For each hour you nap, systolic blood pressure drops an average of 3 mm Hg, the researchers found. Systolic pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — is the force of your blood pushing against your arteries when your heart beats. Diastolic

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pressure — the bottom number — is the force between heart beats.

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