If you often takes naps during the day to recharge your energy levels, you might want to pull your head out from under the covers!
A new meta-analysis presented at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Annual Scientific Session suggests that people who take regular naps have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart problems. For the full findings, read on…
Study links daytime fatigue and napping to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart problems
For their study, the researchers analysed data on more than 30,000 people from 21 different studies. They found that those who reported high levels of daytime fatigue
and napped for more than 60 minutes a day were a whopping 50% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
compared to those who napped for less than an hour a day.
The combination of daytime tiredness and hour-plus naps also appeared to boost the risk of metabolic syndrome by 50%. Metabolic syndrome refers to a constellation of risk factors tied to heart disease
, such as high blood pressure
, high levels of triglycerides and a large waistline.
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However, the study doesn’t show a cause-and-effect relationship between napping and these health conditions
For this reason, the researchers can’t say for sure whether the longer naps were actually responsible for the increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart problems. In fact, the need to nap every day may indicate that something is out of whack with your body, says Peter Farrehi, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan in the United States and a member of the ACC.
Dr Farrehi adds that feeling fatigued during the day may be a sign that you have undiagnosed obtrusive sleep
apnea. For more information on this common sleep
problem, get checked out by your doctor. Addressing the root problem of your daily energy crashes will help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart problems and a host of other health conditions.
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