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Editor's Correspondence
February 26, 2001

Are Afternoon Naps Health Hazards?

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(4):614-615. doi:

Signorelli et al1 reemphasize the report of Bursztyn et al2 that waking up from an afternoon nap taken at midday after lunch may be a significant risk factor for mortality in the elderly. Such an observation was already made by medieval physician and scholar Moses Maimonides (1138-1204), who writes that "one should not go to sleep shortly after eating but should wait approximately three or four hours after a meal. One should not sleep during the day."3

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