This article has been slightly edited since its publishing to provide better wording in some areas.
Naps and sleep are good for you …but excessive napping might be bad for you.
Power naps (naps that are about 20 minutes in length) have been suggested to be good for you, and a daily power nap might even help you live longer. However, dozing off in the afternoon for about an hour or so daily might actually be harmful. A recent study linked with these long, regular naps with Type 2 Diabetes.
A study published by Japanese scientists concluded that frequent napping is associated with the risk of Type 2 diabetes in the future. “This association is largely explained by obesity”, the conclusion continued. The study involved looking at over 200 previous studies, with a total of over 261,000 participants throughout the studies. Taking a regular daytime nap was found to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 56%.
“Excessive daytime sleepiness and taking longer naps were associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, with a short nap not increasing this risk,” Said Dr. Tomohide Yamada. “Daytime napping might be a consequence of night-time sleep disturbance such as obstructive sleep apnoea. Epidemiological studies have shown that obstructive sleep apnoea is independently linked to blockages (ischaemia) of heart arteries, stroke, fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events, and all-cause mortality. “
What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
It’s easy to become confused between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes since they are so similar, so here is a rundown:
- Type 1 Diabetes shows up in childhood always, whereas Type 2 typically shows up in adulthood (however, type 2 is showing up in children more often).
- Type 1 Diabetes cannot be prevented, whereas Type 2 can be prevented with a good, healthy diet, and regular exercise.
- People with Type 1 Diabetes commonly have low blood sugar episodes, where this is not common in those with Type 2 unless the person is taking insulin or certain other diabetes medication.
So … No More Naps?
As mentioned before, naps that are about 20 minutes in duration are good for you. They help improve motor skills and alertness, and may actually help you live longer. However, daily naps that are longer than an hour in length have been suggested to be bad for you.
So, by all means, take a nap regularly if you can. Just set an alarm before you hurt yourself.