Sleep and Diabetes
Did you know there is a connection between how much sleep you get and your risk for contracting diabetes? Research is showing us that there is a connection between sleeping difficulty and type 2 diabetes at least in women. A recent study found a fourfold increased likelihood of type 2 diabetes in women who reported having sleeping difficulty, frequent snoring, sleeping less than six hours per night and sleep apnea or even worked rotating shifts. This study highlights the importance of sleep in preventing lifestyle related diseases like diabetes. So, try to get your 7 – 8 hours a night. If you have trouble sleeping, don’t just brush it off. See what can be done to improve your sleep quality and seek professional help as needed.
Li, X., Gao, X., Winkelman, J. W., Cespedes E. M., Jackson, C. L., Walters, A. W., Schernhammer, E., Redline, S., Hu, H. B. (2015) Association between sleeping difficulty and type 2 diabetes in women. Diabetologia. DOI 10.1007/s00125-015-3860-9.