How diabetes is affected by insomnia
The benefits of a good night’s sleep and conversely, the consequences of quality sleep deprivation generally are well-documented. The durations of adequate and inadequate sleeping may vary though, depending on age. However, that is not the subject of this article. Recent studies have increasingly been establishing a connection between quality sleep deprivation and Diabetes Type 2. In other words, quality sleep deprivation can cause Diabetes Type 2. The studies, which were conducted on a group of U.S. citizens, have offered concrete evidence and concluded that adequate sleep can help one prevent or contain Diabetes 2, among other health benefits.
How does quality sleep deprivation cause Diabetes Type 2?
The suspicion was always there. The number of Americans sleeping less than 7 hours a day doubled between 1959 and 2002. The incidence of Diabetes Type 2 increased at about the same time, so medical experts were always curious about any possible relation between the two events. An experiment, which was a week long, was conducted in 1999 on a group of young people who had been declared medically fit. The young people were asked to sleep in a lab for just four hours for six days in a row. After a week, the glucose metabolism of the people matched those of old people. So that is something to think about.
A study conducted in 2008 established that duration of sleeping hours does not impact Diabetes Type 2 as much as does deep and quality sleep. Sleeping, as an activity, has two stages — Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and non-REM. The latter has four more stages and slow-wave sleep is the deepest of these. The slow-wave sleep totally relaxes and soothes your body and your body reaches this stage after travelling through a number of sleep stages. So even if you sleep a certain number of hours but wake up before the slow-wave stage, the body metabolism changes and the risk of Diabetes Type 2 increases.
It is simple, diabetic people with quality sleep deprivation aggravate the condition. In fact, diabetic people tend to suffer from a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which causes sleep deprivation. Obviously, diabetics face an uphill struggle in containing diabetes.
So is good sleeping the key to a non-diabetic life?
It is important to realize that sleep (or the lack of it) is just one of the factors which influence Diabetes Type 2, but it is an important factor alright. We can safely conclude that someone with regular and quality sleep drastically reduces the probability of Diabetes.
Scientists and experts are yet to find the key to quality sleep. The answer lies deep and entangled somewhere among human genes, biological clock, good sleeping habits, lifestyle and eating habits. With so many factors affecting human sleep, it is understandable that any conclusive finding is going to take some time. Till then, we will have to make do with good diet, regular sleeping habits, and healthy lifestyle and should our body refuse to accept any of these, medicines.
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger and writer. These days she is busy with renovation of her home. Beside this she loves writing on topics like child development and parenting.
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