The importance of sleep in preventing diabetes
Studies show that many sleep problems are associated with insulin resistance, prediabetes, and diabetes and have a significant impact on glucose tolerance. For example, there is experimental evidence that if you take healthy volunteers and force them into a schedule where sleep does not occur consistently during the night, the result is a decrease in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.
Multiple studies have shown that repeated awakenings during the night, insufficient sleep, excessive sleep, and irregular sleep all promote glucose intolerance. Furthermore, if a person has prediabetes or diabetes, poor sleep will worsen the condition.
Further studies show that after controlling for factors such as age, body mass index, being sedentary, and family history, and excluding people who have diabetes, participants who slept for short durations were about 40% more likely than those with 7 to 8 hours of sleep to develop diabetes.
In addition a study of over 88,000 people found that your bedtime is also linked with your risk of heart disease.The research — using data from the UK Biobank study — showed that people who regularly go to bed after 11 pm have a 12% higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those who go to bed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
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