“If you take long naps or feel particularly sleepy during the day, you could be on the way to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess fat around the waist and high blood sugar, all of which increase the risk of heart disease. These symptoms are collectively known as metabolic syndrome.”
Sleep is important for health, and statistics suggest that many people do not get enough sleep. Who napped for 60 minutes or more to an 82% increase in cardiovascular disease and a 27% greater risk of all-cause mortality.
Risk of diabetes was 46% higher among those who napped for longer than 1 hour – and 56% higher among those who felt excessively tired.
Steep rise in metabolic syndrome in those who nap for over 40 minutes
People who spent less than 40 minutes napping had no increased risk for metabolic syndrome, but beyond 40 minutes, the odds increased sharply.