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How much sleep do people with diabetes need?


Remember, everyone is an individual, and requirements may vary. One study at the University of Chicago did investigate how blood sugars and hormone levels - particularly following a high carbohydrate diet - are affected by less than 8 hours of sleep. In this study, all 11 men ate the same diet. Their sleep pattern was 8 hours for 3 nights, 4 hours the next 6 nights, and 12 hours the last 7 nights. Results were that blood sugar levels took much longer to drop on the sleep-deprived nights; insulin secretion was also lower. Additionally, cortisol hormonal levels were elevated, often a contributor to higher fasting blood sugars and insulin resistance.

Conclusion: A good night’s sleep is important for many reasons. Few of us actually get 8 hours of sleep. Are you affected by this? Try these sleep patterns mentioned here and test for yourself.

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