Risk of early death may be increased if people naps for more than an hour, as suggested. Researchers explained that long naps are associated linked to a 30% higher risk of dying at a young age, as well as a greater 34% of having cardiovascular disease.
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Currently, lying down for a nap in afternoon or “siesta” is considered as a harmless activity since some countries see it as a way to improve one’s productivity. However, Chinese scientists’ new research, which was presented at the European Society Cardiology Congress, stated that having a power nap for more than 60 minutes could be bad for your health.
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“Daytime napping is common all over the world and is generally considered a healthy habit,” said Dr Zhe Pan, the study author from Guanzhou Medical University.
“A common view is that napping improves performance and counteracts the negative consequences of ‘sleep debt’. Our study challenges these widely held opinions,” Pan added.
Previous studies have already provided negative results after linking daytime naps with cardiovascular complications or even death. On the other hand, new research also includes night-time sleep’s duration as a factor for heart disease.
Although the specific reasons why naps are dangerous to people’s health are not yet fully understood, previous studies claimed that the activity could cause internal swelling called inflammation, which is terrible for the heart.
Meanwhile, other experts explained that napping might be a symptom of ill people since their sickness could make them sleepy. Researchers looked at studies of more than 300,000 people, observing their sleeping habits, as well as their health and deaths.
The findings revealed that napping is more dangerous to women since their risk of dying earlier had increased by 22% whenever they take a nap for more than one hour each day. However, the studies about napping are still unclear since some of them claim that it can lead to worse heart health, while others state that napping could lessen heart attack risk.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.