Managing Diabetes on Little Sleep: How to Keep Blood Sugar Controlled | Everyday Health
Sometimes its impossible to get at least seven hours of sleep per night, but insufficient zs dont have to derail your health goals when living with diabetes.
A growing body of research suggests that getting enough quality sleep is one of the most important factors in our mental and physical health. In fact, you need sleep to live and yet so many people come up short, be it due to stress, lack of time, one of many sleep disorders, or other factors.
So how much sleep do you need for optimal health? The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults ages 18 to 64 get seven to nine hours, while older adults ages 65 and older get seven to eight hours of snooze time. But one-third of Americans dont get enough sleep, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February 2016 .
Because insufficient sleep is so widespread, the CDC has declared it a public health problem , pointing to a lack of sleeps link to weight gain, heart disease, depression, and more.
For people with type 2 diabetes or at risk for the disease , the consequences can be particularly dangerous.
The Relationship Between Sleep and Diabetes Risk
For one, shorting yourself on shut-eye raises your risk of type 2 diabetes. Compared with sleeping the minimum recommended seven hours, your odds for developing the disease rise by 9 percent for every hour of shut-eye that you cut, suggests a review published in March 2015 in Diabetes Care .
Past research, the review points out, has shown that a lack of sleep may prompt the body to produce inadequate insulin and boost blood su Continue reading