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Your Diabetes Risk Increases with Just 6 hours of Sleep Deprivation

By jeremyc | September 9, 2018

Sleep is important for many reasons. Lack of it can impact our health adversely, as shown by a new research that states the risk of diabetes increases when you’re deprived of sleep for just a single night.

Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation. During sleep, our brains remove toxins collected during the waking hours.

Sleep deprivation and mental illnesses share a reciprocal relationship. If you don’t get proper sleep and have a mental illness, it can become worse. Chronic sleep deprivation can even cause psychiatric condition. On the other hand, a mental illness can make it difficult for you to get adequate night-time sleep.

Lack of sleep, according to health experts, is a big health concern, especially in developed countries like the U.S. Because of many reasons, such as hectic jobs or irregular shifts, increased screen time, busy lives, and artificial lightening, nearly 33% of Americans sleep fewer than 7 hours at night, which is the recommended sleep duration.

More than one study has said that sleep deprivation is linked to increased diabetes risk. However, it also known that people who sleep fewer hours typically exercise less, eat more, and have excess body weight.

Previous studies couldn’t prove whether the increased diabetes risk in this population was because of sleep deprivation or these other factors.

To find the question, this team of researchers conducted a study on mice, all of whom were fed similar high-fat diets and weren’t allowed to exercise for 2 weeks. Next, the researchers ensured that one group was deprived of 6 hours of sleep one night while the other slept as usual.

The researchers noted sleep-deprived mice had increased levels of blood glucose in their livers. They also showed increased triglycerides levels in their livers, which is associated with increased insulin resistance.

Based on their findings, the researchers concluded lack of sleep on its own increases diabetes risk.

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