Frequent Napping Causes An Increased Risk of Diabetes

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Researchers have deduced that the Chinese are increasing their risk for developing type 2 diabetes because they are frequent “nappers.” The study attempted to take out the obvious flip side of things, such as, maybe people that are at risk for diabetes are more tired, or people who live unhealthy lifestyles that encourage the development of diabetes take more naps. Still, the researchers claim the older Chinese sample of participants revealed their napping habit lead to an impaired fasting glucose.

The measurements were conducted on19,567 Chinese men and women aged 50 years or older in a community-based elderly association in Guangzhou, China. The overall study was based on the fact that elderly people in China are known to intentionally nap on a regular basis. Oddly enough, people of all ages in numerous countries around the world actually have scheduled napping times in their regular workday, not to mention that most elderly people in most countries nap daily.


What makes the Chinese more vulnerable to developing diabetes from this generally known “healthy” habit? The study states that the results were given in questionnaire form and self-reported physicians diagnoses. Sleep Journal claims “Participants reporting frequent naps (4-6 days per week and daily) were 42 percent to 52 percent more likely to have diabetes.”

“The relationships remained essentially unchanged after adjustments were made for demographics, lifestyle and sleep habits, health status, adiposity, and metabolic markers (odds ratio for diabetes 1.36 [95 percent CI 1.17–1.57] in 4-6 days/week, 1.28 [1.15–1.44] in daily nappers). Similar associations were found between napping and impaired fasting glucose. “ They further state that removing any participants because of ill health or daytime sleepiness didn't affect the “observed associations.”

The final conclusion was that these people were increasing their risk for type 2 diabetes. Obviously, additional studies are needed. The studies should probably involve more accurate interaction with the patients however. The reasons why many people develop diabetes later in life isn't always a mystery like taking too many naps. There are already many known type 2 diabetes causes, the worst being obesity. Perhaps spending research money on new ways that diabetes is developing is important, but finding ways to prevent the already prevalently known causes is more so.



This is something new that I have not encountered before and should not be ignored because the conclusion regarding the frequent nappers being more vulnerable to getting diabetes involved a lot of participants. Of course, there are other causes of diabetes that should be kept in mind as well. Evelyn Guzman