Sleep, Naps and Diabetes Risk

By: DailyRx

If a daytime siesta is part of your everyday routine, there may be cause for concern. I'm Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. A new study from Japan found that daytime sleepiness and regularly taking long daytime naps may be linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Excessive daytime sleepiness increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 56 percent. A nap that lasted 40 minutes or less per day was not linked to an increased risk of diabetes.

However, a nap that lasted between 40 and 60 minutes per day sharply increased this risk. A nap that lasted 60 minutes or more per day increased the risk of diabetes by 46 percent compared to patients who didn't nap. According to the study team, a healthy sleep cycle supports overall physical health in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. But excessive daytime sleepiness and napping can signal a problem. Speak to your doctor if you have chronic daytime sleepiness.

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