Sleeping for more than 40 minutes during the day ‘increases risk of heart disease’

Indulging in a day time nap is the stuff of workday dreams.

But, a team of scientists have warned allowing yourself the luxury could increase the risk of premature death.

Taking long naps, or being excessively tired during the day, is linked to a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a new study today revealed.

The umbrella term covers a range of conditions, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, having excess fat around the waist, and high blood sugar – all of which raise a person’s risk of heart disease. 

The findings, which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th annual scientific session, show napping for 40 minutes of longer was tied to a steep increase in the risk of being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

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