(Reuters) - People who get fewer
than six hours of sleep at night are prone to abnormal blood sugar levels,
possibly putting them at risk for diabetes,
They said people in a study who slept less than six hours were 4.5 times more likely to develop abnormal blood sugar readings in six years compared with those who slept longer.
"This study supports growing
evidence of the association of inadequate sleep with adverse health
issues," said Lisa Rafalson of the University at
The Diabetes and Sleep Connection - Too little sleep can raise your diabetes risk. If you already have diabetes, sleep loss can undermine blood sugar control.
It's past midnight. You're out of clean clothes, and you haven't finished that report for work. Though the alarm clock will ring in six hours, you cram in a load of laundry and spend another bleary-eyed hour at the computer. It's the only way to stay on top of a busy life, right? While skimping on sleep may seem like a good idea in the short run, it can have serious long-term consequences. Scientists warn that too little shut-eye may raise type 2 diabetes risks. And if you already have diabetes, sleep deprivation may undermine your blood sugar control.
Most adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per night to feel well rested, according to the National Institutes of Health. Of course, some people require more sleep, while others can get by on less. But many of us build up a sleep debt by routinely getting only 5-6 hours a night.(Read entire article)