I tried to sleep this morning during the day. Bad mistake, I woke up feeling as bad as hell. For some reason, if you want to sleep during the day, you mustn't have the window closed. And the throbbing headaches and seas of sweat didn't stop until iftar. I won't be doing that again.
But is sleeping during the day actually doing you good, or is it actually harming you? Although it does pass time, studies have shown that there is a harmful side to taking naps. A study at Buffalo University shows that sleeping more than your recommended eight hours a day is bad for you. And not just that, it also increases ones chances of stroke!
If you sleep more than eight hours a night, snore or regularly are drowsy during the day, you may be at an increased risk of stroke, University at Buffalo researchers have found.
These results from the Western New York Stroke Screening Study, presented in Fort Lauderdale today at the American Stroke Association's 26th International Stroke Conference, showed that people who regularly slept more than eight hours a night had 9 percent more strokes than those who slept less.
Persons who regularly were sleepy during the day showed a 10 percent increase in stroke, compared to those who didn't experience daytime somnolence.
The study also showed that people who regularly feel sleepy during the day (ahem ahem), are also included in the risk. But at the same time, other studies show that lack of sleep is also bad for you, causing strokes and memory loss.
Sleep disorders are not just embarrassing to sufferers, but potentially life-threatening and experts believe that people are not receiving an accurate diagnosis in the UK.
Sleep disorders in turn cause excessive sleepiness, which affects about 6% of adults or 3.5 million people in the UK.
People with sleep apnoea and hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS), which cause people to wake up many times during the night, are at higher risk of developing an excessive sleepiness condition because they get fragmented, poor-quality sleep.
The condition is also associated with Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Consequences of untreated OSAHS include strokes, mood problems, impotence and memory loss.
So, in your opinion, is it right to sleep during the day to pass time by, and if not, what should we spend our time doing?
[Sources: Science Blog, BBC News]