College can be stressful, and there are other daily stressors that can make life hectic.
Our busy schedules can make us tense. Being tense can raise our blood pressure, and stress can make us generally unhealthy. An antidote is a nap. Try to nap in your apartment in Blacksburg, VA on the weekends, and if during the week that isn’t possible, take short nap at your desk at work or while studying.
In a study of 85 young and tired adults, half the subjects took a nap for up to an hour. Then all the volunteers were given a mentally stressful test. Their heart rates were monitored while they took the test and after they were done.
All the subjects experienced a rise in blood pressure and pulse, but those who had napped for at least 45 minutes had significantly less dramatic rises during the test and a quicker return to lower numbers.
If a nap is totally impossible in your busy day, extra sleep at night is recommended. Protecting your heart from the effects of stress could have a big reward.