Literally everything can kill you — food, the weather, your house, women — but what you wouldn’t expect to bring the Grim Reaper is an afternoon nap. Sadly that’s all about to change.
According to a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual conference, taking a nap for 40 minutes or longer could lead to serious health complications, including premature death. According to Mirror,
Scientists who studied more than 300,000 people found taking long naps during the day is linked to a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
The umbrella term covers conditions including high blood pressure and cholesterol, having excess fat around the waist, and high blood sugar.
All raise your risk of heart disease and premature death.
The findings, presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual conference, show that sleeping for 40 minutes or longer was tied to a steep increase in the risk of being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
Well that’s upsetting, considering napping is literally my favorite pastime. Dr Tomohide Tamada, PhD diabetologist at the University of Tokyo and lead author of the study, elaborated: “Clarifying the relationship between naps and metabolic disease might offer a new strategy of treatment, especially as metabolic disease has been increasing steadily all over the world.”
Wow, great. That’s just f*cking great. I’m not giving up napping, that’s just un-American. Luckily researchers approved 40 minutes of afternoon slumber, but if you hit that snooze button even for just five minutes, the risk of metabolic syndrome dramatically increases.
On the bright side, if you nap for a half hour your chances of having the syndrome slightly decreased. So there’s that. So let’s go with that – six half hour naps throughout the day will make you live longer. You heard it here FIRST!