According to the study, contrary to short naps or failing to nap, the sugar level in the blood goes up by 45 percent if you take a nap of more than one hour. The researchers further suggest that for a nap lasting less than one hour, all these risks disappear.

The director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Joel Zonszein, said that it is interesting to discover the possibility of long daytime naps and type 2 Diabetes being related. Zonszein went on to add that people should be notified of this study and the findings. They should understand that the results are just makers of lifestyles and not the cause of diabetes. He did not take part in the study.

The research findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting in Munich, Germany.

How the study was conducted

The research was done by a team led by Dr. Yamada Tomohide from the University of Tokyo. They made analysis of over 300,000 participants. This process is referred to as meta-analysis. Meta-analysis is a type of research in which the researchers go through previously done researches and drawing conclusions. The only down side of this is that the new conclusions are dependent on whether the original data was good. It isn’t good, so will the conclusion be.

The Japanese based researchers found out that naps that last for over one hour raises chances of type 2 Diabetes by 45 percent. On the other hand, shorter naps have no effect on individuals.

Tommhide’s group said that “Further studies are needed to confirm the efficacy [effectiveness] of a short nap.” Zonszein added that the complexity of type 2 Diabetes makes it vulnerable to environmental factors like sleep patterns. That true especially in individuals who have genetic factors to develop diabetes.

It is worth noting that Zonszein asked you not to fully take the results as they are. He said that putting all studies in a common bucket “may not yield most reliable results.” The reason for this is that naps can be a reflection of varying lifestyles in different countries and societies factoring in BLS for healthcare providers.

Why do people nap for long?

There are some people who nap for long and then there are these who nap longer. One can make a quick assumption that longer nap is a short sleep. This is particularly common among people with long working hours, had a stressful day or handling more than one job per day. Therefore, the long nap is just a lifestyle product. This lifestyle could then be the reason for one getting type 2 Diabetes.

In many cases, type 2 Diabetes has been associated with unwise lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Probably, those napping for short have less stress and engage in more leisure activities than their other counterparts.