If you're constantly reaching for a caffeinated brew on the job and can't seem to resist a luxuriously long snooze, there's a chance you might be developing metabolic syndrome or diabetes. Analyzing research from nearly two dozen studies, researchers concluded that people who reported high fatigue and napped more than an hour a day were about 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who didn't.

Individuals who caught extended naps and claimed high degrees of tiredness also increased their risk of developing metabolic syndrome by roughly the same amount.

The Modern Workplace as a Breeding Ground for Poor Health

Researchers caution that the results of the study don't necessarily mean causation--that is, napping and fatigue aren't necessarily what make you develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Rather, they could be symptomatic of other physical issues that stress your body and, therefore, increase your risk. Even so, a review of some stats and facts clarify why the results of the study should make modern workers sit up and pay attention:

  • 29.1 million Americans (9.3 percent of the population) have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.
  • 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes annually.
  • The cost of reduced productivity related to diabetes is an estimated $69 billion.
  • The risk of having metabolic syndrome is linked to a lack of physical activity, and the bulk of today's jobs are fairly sedentary in nature. In fact, sedentary jobs have risen 83 percent over the past six decades.
  • Stress increases the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.

Ruling Trouble Out

In essence, the modern workplace makes it all too easy for employees to suffer compromised health, with the stress and idleness-related development of metabolic syndrome or diabetes serving as the pink elephant in the board room trumpeting all that's wrong with the corporate 24/7 mindset.

To ensure that your desire for your pillow isn't correlating with physiological shifts toward these conditions, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Then talk to your boss about risk minimization--keeping you healthy is in your employer's best interests (and your own).