Blood sugar levels that are out of control spells diabetic problems. Let me show you a scenario where quality of sleep is closely connected to diabetes. Specialist Lynn Maarouf always asks her diabetic patients (whenever they visit her complaining about out-of-control blood sugar levels) how they are sleeping at night? Most of the time, they replied — not well.
Every time your blood sugar shoots up to the sky, your kidneys get rid of it by sending you to the restroom. That's what Maarouf, RD, the diabetes education director of the Stark Diabetes Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston tells her patients when they complain about frequent trips to the bathroom at bedtime. "So you are probably getting up and going to the bathroom all night long — and not sleeping well," she further states.
According to a 2007 study at the University of Chicago, not getting enough rest could increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes; a disease once thought of as mainly caused by being overweight. The truth is, three consecutive nights of sleep deprivation can heighten a person's risk to a level roughly similar to gaining 20 to 30 pounds.
That said, you ought to be resting properly. This may require you to be better in planning and scheduling your sleep appointments and not relying only on when you are sleepy or when you're tired to be prompted to hit your bed and close your eyes. One piece of advice from doctors that's often being neglected is to be consistent with your sleeping patterns. This means that when you usually go to bed at 11PM, then do your best to hit the sack at the same time every night. If you can't then maybe you can go to bed an hour earlier or an hour later. Not following this advice may result in lesser ideal health conditions.
"Sleep may be as important as exercise or diet when it comes to developing diabetes," says Eve Van Cauter, MD, a professor of medicine and the senior author of the study.
Furthermore, a revelation that backs up earlier study by Yale and the New England Research Institutes, which resulted in showing that people who clock in six hours or less of sleep every night are two times more likely to acquire diabetes compared to those who sleep a good quality of seven hours. Meaning, if you're not getting enough sleep — even if you're fit and have an ideal weight — you're medically at risk.