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Don't Take Naps Longer Than 40 Minutes

The repercussions can be scary...
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Naps are THE bomb. Naps on the weekend, naps after work, naps on the train with your sunglasses on so no one knows–wherever and whenever they happen, naps are one of life's small pleasures.

Which is why we are not happy about the findings of a new study on sleep habits.

Apparently, according to the research conducted by the American College of Cardiology, long naps are bad for our health.

Scientist, Dr Tomohide, tracked 300,000 people from all over the world and found that those who took frequent naps for longer than 40 minutes were significantly increasing their risk of health issues related to metabolic syndrome, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and carrying excess fat around the waist.

Worryingly, taking naps for as long as 90 mins or longer increased the risk of developing type two diabetes by 50%.

But, there is a silver lining as, although these findings are pretty scary, they only apply to long naps. There is no evidence to suggests that naps of around 20 mins are doing us any harm. Phewww.


Basically, if you're a napaholic, set an alarm to make sure you don't over indulge in the sweet relief of sleep. And try your best to get the recommended eight hours a night. 

This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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