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 could 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 published in the journal Sleep Medicine, the answer might actually be yes.
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 daytime activities.
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, they shouldn’t be longer than 30-40 minutes. After that, you enter deep sleep, which is 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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