Bad Sleeping Habit Can Raise Diabetics Risk

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In order to wake up feeling refreshed it’s important to focus on both sleep quantity—how much sleep you get each night—as well as sleep quality, which indicates how well you sleep. Poor sleep quality can cause you to feel groggy the next day and may even be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But determining the quality of your sleep is less straightforward than counting the number of hours you get. Learn the signs of poor sleep quality, and discover how to improve it.

Poor sleeping pattern increases the risk of diabetes, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. In the report, bad sleeping habit or poor sleeping patterns can lead to inadequate glucose regulation and metabolism. A typical example here is that of the shift workers, their sleeping patterns varied. For a healthier life, there must be enough sleep in the night because that is the best time to enjoy sleep and not during the day as observed in the sleeping pattern of shift workers.

Irregular glucose regulation and metabolism, cause the underproduction of needed insulin to mop up blood sugar (glucose) since the role of insulin is to help in the absorption of glucose from the blood by causing it to be stored in the liver or be transported into other tissues of the body for metabolism or storage. These will over time cause raised the risk of diabetes and obesity, as the sleeping pattern is disrupted, production of insulin which regulates glucose is affected. The authors (Buxton and team) found that when subjected to circadian rhythm disruptions and sleep deprivations, there was a considerable drop in insulin production after meals.

 

Failure of insulin to properly regulate the blood glucose will lead to excess glucose in the blood which will eventually lead to diabetes if not properly checked. Excess glucose in the blood can also be converted into fat as stored glucose, storing much glucose into the fat can as well result to obesity which is excess fat in the body.

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