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Sleepless Nights? Learn Why This Puts You at Risk for Diabetes

Research studies have confirmed what was long suspected: Not getting enough high-quality sleep can increase a person's risk of type 2 diabetes. Poor sleep interferes with insulin production and glucose tolerance. Ironically, too much sleep can put you at risk too. Aim for seven hours of quality sleep a night.


Sleep and Type 2 Diabetes

We're all familiar with the idea that sleep is restorative; it just makes sense. When we get enough sleep, we are refreshed and renewed. It's also well known that not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your health. But did you know that not getting a good night's sleep can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes?
Yep, it's true. And it's not just about getting enough sleep (although that certainly is part of it). It's also about getting good sleep. Keep reading for information about the link between sleep and diabetes.

Getting the Right Amount of Sleep

Studies show that getting too little sleep increases your risk for diabetes. For instance, one large study showed that people who usually get fewer than six hours a sleep a night have a higher risk for diabetes.
Wondering if it takes years of lack of sleep to have an effect? Studies that looked at the effects of sleep restriction in healthy adults for a short period (often just a week or two) showed that not getting enough sleep can decrease glucose tolerance and decrease insulin sensitivity, both of which would increase the risk of diabetes. Afterwards, when people were allowed to "catch up" on their sleep, their glucose metabolism returned to normal. However, if you make it a regular habit to short-change your sleep, your body might not have a chance to return to normal.
Are you the type who gets a long night of rest each night? Before you start gloating, take note: Studies also showed that too much sleep increases the risk for type 2 diabetes. How much is too much? One study showed that more than nine hours a night is too much, at least in terms of type 2 diabetes risk.
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