There aren’t enough hours in the day!
Long work hours, lengthy commutes and family commitments leave many of us trying to find extra hours in everyday. It’s a symptom of our modern, busy lives and love it or loathe it, if you’re trying to cram an extra hour into your day for fun, family or career by sacrificing sleep, you could be increasing your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Studies have shown that people only getting 4 hours of sleep a night had higher levels of fatty acids which are known to increase insulin resistance – a facet of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Levels of fatty acids peak and then fall throughout sleep, however, the study participants who woke after only 4 hours’ sleep were found to have increased fatty acids and reduced insulin effectiveness between 4 and 9 am, similar to the early stages of Type 2 diabetes. A separate analysis of 10 prospective studies also found a relationship between obesity and diabetes in participants who slept less than 5-6 hours/night. This also seems to affect shift workers, those who have trouble getting to sleep and those who have trouble staying asleep.
We should sleep more then. Right?
Yes and no. This same analysis also showed an increased risk among those who got too much sleep (more than 8-9 hrs/day).
Fortunately, for those of us struggling to get through the work week and fit in 8 hours of beauty sleep every night, there has been some recent research showing that 3 nights of catch up sleep can put insulin sensitivity and hormonal changes back on track.
So, if you’ve been rising early to avoid the traffic AND staying back to burn the midnight oil in the office, you may now be able to get away with a sleep in on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – Doctor’s Orders!
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