Diabetes and Sleep Disruption

Kozzi-senior-woman-sleeping-on-lounger-441-X-294Type 2 diabetes has been associated with the loss of sleep. In many ways, it becomes a continuous cycle to lose sleep due to diabetes symptoms while the loss of sleep can actually contribute to the onset of diabetes. In addition, obesity and stress can often cause these symptoms to become even worse.


For people with Type 2 diabetes, it is recommended that they get approximately 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. However, it is estimated that there are up to 35 percent of people that are not getting these recommended amounts of sleep. For diabetes patients, nighttime sleep can be disrupted by problems such as restless leg syndrome, nerve pain and numbness. This can cause many diabetes to have trouble with sleeping. As these events occur diabetic patients often get less sleep over time. Sleep deprivation can actually also lead to the development of diabetes in certain individuals.


Getting enough sleep is essential for patients that have diabetes because it allows the hormones HGH and IGF-1 to be able to repair and regrow cells. If the body gets adequate sleep, it also produces a hormone called leptin that depresses the appetite. By failing to get enough sleep, ghrelin is produced which can cause stimulation of the appetite.


Sleep deprivation is also responsible for increasing cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that can cause insulin resistance. Therefore, it is essential that diabetes patients get adequate sleep in order to reduce the risk of diabetic symptoms worsening. In addition, people who don’t have diabetes should make sure to get adequate sleep in order to prevent the disease from developing.

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