How a little flapping can make your life better
A new study has found that flapping is the key to better health.
Researchers in Japan studied men’s sleep patterns and found that those who flapped more often slept less well and felt tired than those who didn’t.
Flapping can also cause heart palpitations and reduce sleep, the researchers found.
“The flapping pattern is important for us to understand the relationship between sleep quality and health,” study researcher and study co-author Shigeto Yamada told New Scientist.
“We want to understand how flapping affects health.”
In the new study, published in the journal Sleep, Yamada and his colleagues looked at a total of 30,000 Japanese men aged between 20 and 65 who were tracked from birth until death.
They measured their sleep-wake pattern, which included flapping at night, flapping during the day and no flapping.
The researchers also asked participants to write down any adverse side effects of their sleep habits, and recorded the frequency of flapping in the last three months.
The results revealed that flaps in the first three months of life were associated with a 24 per cent lower risk of death, compared with flapping before the age of 30.
However, flaps after the age 50 were not associated with an increased risk of sudden death.
“There were no adverse health effects associated with flaps before age 50,” Yamada said.
“But after the first four months, the flaps started to be associated with cardiovascular risks.”
The researchers found that the effect was strongest in men who had a history of heart disease or diabetes, and that men with a history were less likely to have good sleep patterns.
The team also found that men who flap at night were more likely to be overweight and to have low levels of physical activity.
“It’s very interesting to see that people with more flapping were also less likely than people who don’t flap to get a healthy BMI, and to exercise,” Yamader said.
The flapping patterns of Japanese men may be linked to the type of flapper they are, the team said.
It’s possible that people who flapper more are more likely, or more successful, at flapping, the study authors said.
They also found flapping could affect people’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Yamada added: “If you’re a flapper, then you should get flapping more.
You should also avoid flapping if you are overweight.”
This is the first study to examine the relationship of flappers’ sleep patterns to health outcomes, but it’s possible the results will be replicated in other populations, he said.
In addition to Yamada, the research team included Yuji Yamazaki and Toshiyuki Ikeda from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Japan.
They were funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The study was published in Scientific Reports.