According to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology, taking long naps or being excessively tired throughout the day is associated with a higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome. Their study recorded that taking 40 min or longer naps significantly increased the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Subjects who napped less than 40 minutes did not show increased risk for metabolic syndrome, but those who napped 40 minutes had a sharp increase in risk. Napping for 90 minutes increased metabolic syndrome risk by as much as 50%.
Clarifying the difference and relationship between being
tired and metabolic syndrome may offer a new strategy of treatment options.
Interestingly, this study as well as a couple of others recently performed show a slight decrease in risk for respective conditions when subjects napped for less than 30 minutes. The National Sleep Foundation actually advocates naps of 20-30 minutes to improve alertness.
Thus, we better reconsider how long we take our naps. How often do you nap?
American College of Cardiology. "Long naps, daytime sleepiness tied to greater risk of metabolic syndrome: Findings suggest more research is needed to understand the role of sleep and heart risk factors." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 March 2016.
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