It’s everything you’ve always wanted to hear. It’s the science you’ve hoped for your entire life. The proof is finally here: a nap a day will keep the pale rider at bay.

According to a study of nearly 400 middle-aged men and women, completed by researchers from Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, people who take a mid-day nap have lower blood pressure throughout the afternoon, evening, and night-time slumber than those who didn’t (by 5 percent). Not only that, it means a reduced likelihood of heart attacks and and a decline in required antihypertensive medications.

Sure, we all knew sleep was necessary, sleep was good for the skin, sleep meant mental clarity, and all that. But that was going down tuckered out at the end of the day. Now we have the facts about how that accidental nap in the middle of the day is actually a wise, healthy decision. Lazy? Hell no, it’s a resilient weapon against death.

For ideal results (and to combat the starved ghostly beast that is early death), take longer naps of up to an hour, say researchers. It will do your mind, body, and soul a whole lot of good.