Sleep is treated as an interruption in our busy lives and we choose to ignore the importance of it. Studies have suggested that people who get less than 5hrs sleep a night have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Continued sleep loss causes measurable changes in your glucose metabolism and hormone levels, which can contribute to this life changing condition. A short term sleep study performed on a group of healthy subjects, had their sleep cut back from 8 hours to 4 hours per night. It was found that these sleep volunteers processed glucose slower than when they were permitted to sleep longer hours.
Obstructive sleep apnea is extremely common in people suffering from diabetes and is recommended that sufferers get checked regularly for either condition. Both sleep apnea and diabetes tend to be related to weight control and can be life threatening if left undiagnosed.
The cost of insufficient sleep may be more than what everyone thinks. Treating Sleep as a priority rather than a luxury will be the first step in controlling the inevitable cost of chronic disease.
We understand that healthy sleep might not be easy to achieve. Sleep specialists recommend keeping a sleep diary to achieve consistent sleep and lead a healthy lifestyle.
You need to decide what is keeping you awake at night. It could be work related stress, a partner snoring or sleep apnea. Philippa Logan, co owner of SnoreMeds emphasises ” Sleep loss patterns are habit forming, they are detrimental to your work, relationships and overall health”.