Sleep, Obesity and Diabetes All Linked, Says New Study

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You may be snoozing on good health if you’re not fitting sleep into your busy schedule. A recent study conducted on mice showed that proper sleep patterns are critical for healthy metabolic function and even a small difference can lead to serious health consequences. That means staying up late to watch your favorite tv show and skimping on sleep may increase your likelihood of diabetes and obesity.

Man sleeping

Even though this study was done in mice, there is evidence to suggest something similar could occur in humans. A review of past studies published last year in the American Journal of Human Biology showed that sleep deprivation is linked with impaired glucose metabolism and even higher blood pressure, not to mention a negative effect on appetite regulation.

So how do you know if you’re getting enough sleep? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you are not getting enough sleep.

  • Do I need an alarm clock to wake up at the right time?
  • Do I have trouble getting out of bed every morning?
  • Do I get tired quickly when driving?
  • Do I have trouble remembering things or concentrating?
  • Do I fall asleep as soon as I lay down to go to bed?

Most people need to get at least one more hour of sleep than they are currently getting.

To determine if this is the case for you, find out what time you need to fall asleep to get 8 full hours of sleep. Stick to going to bed around this time and take note of when you wake up. You may wake up early for a few days because you are used to the shorter sleeping schedule, but if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you will begin to sleep longer. Once you start sleeping longer start going to bed 15 minutes earlier. Keep adding 15 minutes a week until you are able to wake up on your own.

Not only will you be decreasing your likelihood of diabetes and obesity, but you’ll see an increase in energy and concentration throughout the day and you’ll notice you’re in a much better mood!

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 8:48 am

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