NAP-dream in the heat, reverie in the workplace, and when we travel on the bus, it becomes reality. No matter when we close our eyes, no matter where we do it, the NAP is one of the small pleasures in our hectic daily lives.
But alas, we have to wake up, because a new study strongly suggests the danger of subjecting,napping even a little.
The study was conducted at the American College of Cardiology in partnership with the University of Tokyo. The head of the study was Dr. ″Tomohajd Yamada, researched over 307 thousand people from all over the world. The Japanese doctor studied their habits, health condition and most of their sleep. The results of his work with them are alarming. The cornerstone is that “the NAP is a very common phenomenon around the world, and the danger is unknown to people.”
Those closing up eyes for more than 40 minutes, are in real danger of metabolic problems, raise bad cholesterol, high blood pressure and gaining fat around the waist. But there are worse than that. NAP during the day within 90 minutes or more increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50%. Exhaustion and lack of sleep have the same risk of developing diabetes. Another study by Dr. Yamada published last year under the title “sleep and snooze”, shows how the fact diseases in the drowsy over 1 hour increased by 82%, with 27 percent of them ended fatally.
What does this all mean? After we eat and sleep on the couch, our metabolism starts to function in an ineffective way. There are harmful foods which absorbed, not processed properly and the end result is buying clothes in a bigger size. To avoid all these “wonderful” effect of NAP, Dr. Yamada hot advises to sleep at night for about 8 hours. According to him, the short sleep should not be longer than 20 minutes. Within this time there is no data on emerging issues in our bodies, on the contrary – 15-20-minute NAP is healthy, even if it is practiced with proper breathing technique. All along the Eastern teachings have introduced this practice in the form of meditation, in which the mind is turned off, and the heart beat in rhythm with the assumption of the breath.