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Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep


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New research has now shown that lack of sleep is linked to type 2 diabetes. The research also indicates that people who have diabetes have problems when sleeping. Such issues include not falling asleep easily or problems shutting their eyes at night.

Perhaps you have been experiencing this and you are quite familiar with this article. There are many centers of research that have come with various reason as to why people are not sleeping enough and the causes of type 2 diabetes. Here are 6 ways that bad sleep and type 2 diabetes are linked.

1. Correlation between lack of sleep and type 2 diabetes

Sleeping apnea, insomnia, and having to work the night shift are the other problems that have been cited to cause people to lose sleep thus leading to type 2 diabetes. However, sleep difficulty itself leads to other problems such as increased stress that leads to high sugar levels and then to diabetes.

The situation can even get worse in women, who have problems with sleeping. And women who also had sleep difficulties paired with other sleep problems — like frequent snoring, sleep apnea or night shifts — were more than 400% more likely to get diabetes. The likelihood of women with any of these difficulties developing diabetes was 47 percent compared to women with no sleep problems at all.

2. Women and type 2 diabetes

The research also warns that women need to change their pattern of living and save more time to relax and sleep more. Sleeping better will reduce blood pressure and they are more likely not to get type 2 diabetes. In women, sleep apnea is the one that has been cited as dangerous, because it can occur without them noticing at all.

3. Dealing with type 2 diabetes

However, you should not be worried too much on how you can avoid type 2 diabetes. According to another research, it is possible to catch up sleep even with your busy day. You can actually schedule time to sleep and make sure that you have more hours of sleeping to low the level of insulin. You can also avoid the tossing and turning while you are sleeping by having a good bath to relax your body.

4. Reading, listening to music and Exercises

You can probably listen to music or do some stretches before you sleep. This will help relief the stress that might be eating you up. Music on the other hand helps in relaxing the mind and letting it focus on other things, it actually soothes your body to sleep. You are trying to make the blood levels in your body go down by engaging it before sleeping.

Reading before sleeping can also get your brain and body in a state where they relax and want to sleep. This works well with people that have stress or go through a rough time at work. Reading has been known as the number one stress killer, because you are able to travel to another world.

5. Changing pattern of sleeping

If you have not drawn a pattern to tell you on your sleeping ways then you should. This will help you have a routine in which you follow keenly; it also helps your body adjust to the pattern and gets used to that schedule.

This pattern should also include your weekends, because it during the weekends that most people spend most of the time partying and have less time to sleep. A research has also shown that people who tend to develop type 2 diabetes not only lack sleep, but during the weekend it is the time that they have high blood levels and they are more likely to get type 2 diabetes.

6. Visiting a medic for help

In short, check your lifestyle and improve on your sleeping pattern but if you find that after doing all the above, you still feel groggy then you can visit your physician to get help. You can explain all that you have done to deal with poor sleeping habits and the kind of lifestyle that you lead. After all is said and done, you are the one that is in charge of making sure that you do not get type 2 diabetes.

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