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Study: Naps linked with higher risk of death

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New research shows middle-age and older adults who take naps may be at an increased risk of dying.

Experts discovered naps were linked with an increased risk of dying from respiratory diseases. (continued below...)


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The study found that those between 40 and 79 years of age, who napped daily for less than an hour, were 14 percent more likely to die over a 13 year period compared to those who did not nap.

Longer naps were linked with an even higher risk, so people whose daily naps lasted an hour or more were 32 percent more likely to die.

Experts say it may not be napping that's unhealthy, but rather, that those who tend to nap also have undiagnosed medical conditions that affect their risk of dying.

Many factors were considered for this study such as age, gender, body mass index and whether participants smoked and how often they exercised.

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