Here’s a terrifying thought for anyone who loves a good daytime snooze. Napping could KILL you.
That’s the headline, anyway. And that’s the story you’ve probably seen picked up by the media.
But if you happen to enjoy a good nap, you might be able to rest easy after all. Because there’s a key detail in this study that ISN’T getting the same level of attention.
So I’m here with a wake-up call.
I’ve got the inside scoop on what you need to know about napping. And that includes when it’s healthy… and when it’s not.
I can even help you get some of the best sleep of your life. That way, you can nap when you WANT to – and not because you NEED to.
How to tell GOOD napping from BAD
First things first. Let’s address that popular “naps kill” headline. Naps AREN’T dangerous, for the most part.
In fact, they can be a HEALTHY habit. Studies show that a quick snooze in the middle of the afternoon can give you more than just a chance to recharge your batteries.
Napping have been proven to help…
- IMPROVE memory
- CUT blood pressure
- BOOST immune function
- SLASH stress levels
- PROTECT the heart
- EASE anxiety
So what’s the deal with those SCARY headlines? They’re really about a particular kind of napping… the one kind that ISN’T healthy. And that’s when you’re not napping because you want to. It’s because you NEED to.
When daytime sleepiness is linked to The BIG Sleep
If you reach the middle of the day so wiped out that you’re routinely sleeping for an hour or more at a time, you could be facing major problems. But it’s still not BECAUSE of the napping.
Folks who nap for an hour or more a day have a 30 percent higher risk of early death and a 34 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
People who sleep less than an hour, on the other hand, have NO increased risk at all. And previous studies have found a nap of 30-45 minutes could actually IMPROVE heart health.
The reason is likely because shorter naps are just a quick refresh. But longer naps might be a red flag that there are some hidden health problems.
They could be a sign, for example, of sleep apnea – the condition where you stop breathing in the night. Apnea leads to less restful sleep and daytime drowsiness. And not surprisingly, has been linked to a higher risk of death.
So if you find yourself exhausted during the day, battling to stay awake, and taking long naps to keep up, get checked out for apnea.
And while you’re there, get tested for other possible health problems too. Undiagnosed heart conditions, diabetes, and other disorders could also lead to daytime sleepiness and unwanted napping. And getting the attention you need could bring those risks back down to size.
That should help you to rest easier no matter when you sleep.
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