Diabetes affects 29 million Americans with insulin resistance as one of the leading risk factors, a condition in which the body can’t use insulin effectively to regulate blood sugar levels. In fact, recent research suggests that not getting enough shuteye may do more than give you a bad case of bags under your eyes—it may contribute to insulin resistance. One plausible explanation may be that poor snoozers often experience sleep apnea, a disorder that interrupts a person’s breathing while they sleep, which has been linked to type 2 diabetes.
In a small study, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts found that people who slept for less than six hours each night for nearly a month had a 32 percent reduction in the amount of insulin released into the body after eating and higher glucose levels spanning a longer period of time, which rose to pre-diabetic levels for a few participants. Your body needs insulin to help absorb the excess glucose in your bloodstream. A reduction in your insulin response to sugar, could lead to diabetes one day.
To maintain a healthy balance of blood sugar levels, a routine dose of a good night’s sleep may just be the prescription your doctor ordered! For a peaceful night of endless Z’s, try these bedtime tricks guaranteed to help you fall asleep fast and give your health a boost for the better.
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Snoozing late on the weekend seems like an obvious way to catch up on your winks, but it may be throwing your body out of rhythm, which can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. If you tack on any additional hours to your sleep schedule, go to bed earlier and wake up at the usual time. But sleep doctors warn against going to bed too early, as that may also mess up your natural circadian rhythms. Try to stick to your new schedule, so that your body’s clock knows when to cue those warm, fuzzy feelings of sleepiness at night. Here are 13 more secrets sleep doctors wish you knew.