Naps May Make You Die Prematurely

napping catSome of us love naps. We need them to function. Sometimes we just get so tired that the toothpicks give out and a snooze is an absolute must. Or we partake in coffee and attempt to delay the inevitable slumber. Naps are a beautiful thing. Or so I thought. Napping is linked to an early death. It can kill us. Die. Dead. Gone. Game over. Adults who nap every day are two and a half times more likely to die before their "time."

This is the worst news ever. Is this study funded by those who pimp out caffeine? Or one of those energy drinks? I'm a napper. I nap so I can live! Not to die sooner!

I've been napping my whole life. I napped as a baby. I napped after class when I was in high school. And after I had kids, I napped when they napped. My kids are in school now and I still love a nap. If I don't nap or drink 387 cups of coffee, I tend to fade around 4 p.m. Napping makes me feel refreshed and ready to conquer the world! Until, of course, it's time to go to sleep again. Then bed. Wake. Coffee. Life. Nap. More coffee. More life. Sleep. DEATH?!?

This "fact" came about after researchers studied 16,000 British adults over 13 years. These Brits slept for an hour or more a day and they were nearly a third more likely to die prematurely. When the researchers went to check on their subjects, they were startled to find that so many of them had died.

After carefully looking into this, it was revealed that many of them had a lung disease. What? Does napping cause lung disease? Thankfully, no. It's believed that the lung disease made people want to nap more and triggered an inflammation in the body, which led to an early death. Okay, maybe I feel a little better. But out of these 16,000 people, why so many lung diseases?

The researchers did say that napping can be a sign there is a bigger issue with your health. So maybe have that checked out. But if you nap less than an hour a day, your life isn't expected to be cut short.

Are you a napper? What do you think of this study?


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nonmember avatar lilah

You are a twit.

the4m... the4mutts

Yep. Have to agree. You're a twit.

Mrseoc Mrseoc

Funny. Study after study I've read has proven that a nap a day increases brain function. It helps to bring down stress levels as well. A nap no longer than 30 minutes each day is good for you.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I'm breaking this out next time my husband teases me for being unable to nap. 

nonmember avatar Sarah

Out of curiosity, where did they find all those adults who led completely identical lives except for the fact that half of them napped and the other didn't?

Oh, wait. They didn't? Then... how is that even sort of reliable? I'm going with the many, many more studies showing how napping is good for you, and not this one that makes zero sense.

Correlation does not equal causation. We had to write it on the front of our notebook before taking general psych. Apparently these people did not.

EarlG... EarlGrayHot

I've always napped when I could. This might be one of those things that is linked to a result but is not actually a cause. Maybe all those nappers needed even MORE sleep and didn't get it due to ridiculous researchers like these people and therefore died to young.

JaChic JaChic

The research behind this study does seem statstically sound as it has a good sample size that seems to be representative of the population from which it was taken (British).  However, as with all news media sources, the interpretation of the research is skewed as nowhere in the original published article did the researchers  imply causation; numerous times throughout they use the word "associated" in the original study in... there was a hypothesized link between varibale A (napping) and variable B (increased mortality risk).  They never said that napping CAUSES mortality risk to increase but that there was an association or a relationship between the two.  Most importantly, they found this association with naps that last less than 1hr.....this associated risk was NOT found in individuals whose naps lasted 1hr+... in my experience, the few people I know that do nap, tend to take longer naps (1hr+)....

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

Q: Doctor,  I’ve heard that  cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? 
A: Your  heart is only good for so many  beats, and that’s it…  don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out  eventually.  Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer?  Take a  nap.

emelymac emelymac

Why do I continue to read the rubbish on The Stir???

lilady73 lilady73

Well I hope it's rubbish.... I have to nap daily (many hours) I DO have a very bad terminal lung disease and many co morbid diseases , involving organs and inflammation, I wonder if it will be a nap that kills me ?? Geesh!

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