Some of the most successful people in the world swear by the great benefits of dozing off for 20-30 minutes in the afternoon.
But can grabbing an afternoon nap really make you more likely to develop deadly health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes?
According to a controversial new study, the answer might actually be yes.
So what is the truth of this matter?
Read more in today’s article about what Chinese researchers had to say about the much-loved habit of a daily power nap. Also, join in the discussion happening right now…
According to a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine that was conducted by Chinese researchers, taking a nap in the afternoon may raise your risk of developing deadly health conditions.
The mega-study looked at the health of over 27,000 Chinese people. In China, an afternoon nap is a very popular event to schedule into the daytime activities.
What the researchers found was that people who took a nap of longer than 30 minutes every day were more likely to develop high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
However, most research on the topic of a short nap in the afternoon actually contradicts these findings. I, myself absolutely love the rejuvenating effects of a restful power nap in the afternoon.
What most studies agree on, however, is that if you take afternoon naps, it shouldn’t be longer than 30-40 minutes. After that, you enter deep sleep that’s more difficult to wake up from and may prevent you from sleeping well at night.
It is clear that more research needs to be done, and an examination of the Chinese study would also be helpful considering there are many other factors and variables to consider that could have influenced the results.
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