Here's Why You Should Keep Your Naps Under One Hour

Long naps aren't as good as we thought.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Sep 13, 2020
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For college students, weekends are usually the opportunity to sleep as much as they could to make up for the all-nighters they've been pulling during weekdays (which has actually been proven to *not* be effective). Going for long naps and waking up late to have lunch as your first meal of the day--it's the ideal weekend routine

But it seems it isn't exactly the healthiest routine to keep. There is a recent study that shows taking long naps is actually bad for your health. The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2020, analyzed more than 20 other studies and found that naps longer than 60 minutes were linked to 30 percent greater risk for all-cause death and 34 percent higher likelihood of cardiovascular disease compared to no naps.

While there is no definite reason as to why and how naps affect physical health, author Dr. Zhe Pan from Guangzhou Medical University says there are a few studies which suggest that long naps are associated with higher levels of inflammation, which is not good for heart health and longevity. 


On the other hand, results also suggest that shorter naps, those between 30 to 45 minutes, may be helpful in improving heart health for people who don't get enough sleep at night. So if you really can't resist a good day-time siesta, it's best to keep it under one hour. 

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