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Does Less Sleep Cause Diabetes?

Posted on April 23 2022

How does your sleep pattern affect your health?

Diabetes is one of the most chronic diseases in India.

As of 2019, India has an estimated 77 million people with diabetes, making it the second most affected in the world, after China.

The link between lack of sleep and diabetes.

Studies show the link between lack of sleep and an increase in Type 2 Diabetic patients. Shorter sleep duration and erratic sleep behavior is often linked with higher incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

There have also been multiple studies that show that for non-diabetic people, losing even one of sleep can give them Pre-diabetic markers the following day.

People who have diabetes, specifically Type 2 diabetes, do not get an adequate amount of sleep show a 23% increase in blood glucose levels. It further leads to increased insulin levels in the body, which leads to insulin resistance, ultimately causing obesity.

What does science say?

A paper published in 2019 studied ‘The Interlinked Rising Epidemic of Insufficient Sleep and Diabetes Mellitus.’

In due course, it found precise results that show the correlation between sleep disturbances and diabetes is dual-sided.

Chronic sleep disturbances would raise the risk of developing insulin resistance (diabetes). In contrast, diabetes would deteriorate the quality of sleep.

Wellness tip for the day:

If you are not sleeping well, your insulin levels will stay high. Then it wouldn’t matter how little or healthy you eat, as your body tends to store more body fat.

Therefore, the quality and quantity of your sleep are incredibly essential. Outside nutrition, there are few other things you should focus on to keep such issues at bay. Therefore, it is essential to work on fixing your circadian cycle, include mindfulness practices, fix gut health, and work on better sleep habits.

Watch this video for a few tips to help you sleep better:

How much sleep should you get?

Ideally, you should get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.

Hence, since now you know the importance of good sleep, gradually incorporate this habit into your life. Only making such simple yet effective lifestyle changes can help you lose weight and reduce your potential risk of diseases.

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