Long Naps Increase Risk of Heart Problems and Diabetes


Sleeping is a daily routine. However, a long nap can increase the risk of heart problems and diabetes.

This is according to a new meta-analysis presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

After analyzing data from more than 300 thousand people from 21 different studies, researchers concluded that people who nap more than 60 minutes a day are more likely to develop diabetes than those who napped less than an hour a day.

A combination of napping and fatigue also increases the risk of developing constellation metabolic syndrome, which is a factor associated with heart disease. Like large waist, high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels, about 50 percent.


“Maybe a long nap indicates that something is probably not right with your body,” said a member of ACC and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, Peter Farrehi, MD, as reported by Prevention.

Feeling too tired during the day could mean you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which you stop breathing during sleep.

That means you do not receive enough oxygen when you are asleep, so that your body continues to wake to get some air.

Due to lack of sleep, the sleep center in the brain releases excess stress hormones such as cortisol.

Too much cortisol can increase your blood pressure, which increases the chance of developing metabolic syndrome.

Previous research also showed that cortisol can also increase your blood sugar levels, a known of risk for type 2 diabetes.

We recommend that you get 7 hours of quality sleep each night. If you still feel tired, even after sleeping that long, you should consult your doctor.