Napping Linked to Early Death: Study
But is napping the cause, or just a symptom? It's unclear
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2014 8:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – We all know how important it is to get enough sleep—but a new study suggests that daytime napping may actually increase your risk of an early death. Researchers looked at more than 16,000 British adults over a 13-year period, and found that those who slept for an hour or more during the day were almost a third more likely to die prematurely, the Daily Mail reports. Specifically, they were more likely to die from lung diseases, and researchers say napping could contribute to respiratory ailments by triggering inflammation in the body. However, the researchers note that napping may simply be an early sign that your health is in danger, rather than the cause of the problem, the Independent notes.

In fact, one expert who did not take part in the study suggests, in people with serious lung problems, the naps "may not have hastened death but delayed it." And he notes that the findings show that 85% of people who napped less than one hour a day were at no higher risk of a premature death than non-nappers. (Click to find out how too much running may also kill you sooner.)

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Chio Eve
Jun 9, 2014 10:14 AM CDT
This research is not making any sense. Supposingly have ample sleep is important for us and when we feel tired it is at best to take at least a short nap. Lmao, i think we die faster if we're sleep deprived.
Jun 4, 2014 12:25 PM CDT
Because there's no way the causation could be the other way around, amirite? Sick people being tired and napping more? Crazytalk!
Apr 16, 2014 2:21 AM CDT
I don't believe that any such study about napping ever took place except in the diseased mind that generated this story. There are people who create computer viruses to damage the computers of people they'll never see or even hear about. They do it for the sheer perversity of having done so. It's like discharging a pistol in the direction of a crowd. This story is the same step in another direction. This story is aimed at people who find relief from their travails by taking a nap during the day. The author of this idea can't be there to throw ice water on them or light a fire cracker but this story will have the same effect on some people. So, mission accomplished.