Beware the afternoon nap

It seems taking an afternoon nap is not such a good thing after all. This is awful news for those of us who like to catch an afternoon siesta as often as possible.

According to new research, a nap can be associated with early death. Researchers studied 16,00 British adults over 13 years who enjoyed an nap of more than  hour each day. Unfortunately, when they went to check on their research, they found that 3,000 of their subjects had died from lung disease.

The research said: “After analysing the data, scientists discovered that people who slept for less than an hour in the day increased the chance of death by around 14 per cent. This number rose to 32 per cent if the nap lasted for more than an hour, and was linked to the development of respiratory illnesses.”

The frightening thing about the finding is that while napping won’t bring about lung disease, it is actually a sign that you may already have respiratory problems.

So what are we to do about our much loved naps? Wait for more research perhaps.