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Increased Risks of Diabetes Owing to Sleep Deprivation over Weeks Can be mitigated by Sleeping More over Weekends - Study

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Published on : Jan 19, 2016

As the prevalence of diabetes increases at an alarming rate across the globe, a lot of research on the causes and preventive measures for diabetes are being constantly carried out across the globe. While many early research studies have tied factors such as unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, family history of diabetes, and having high blood pressure with the increased risk of having diabetes, a recent research states that the amount of sleep one gets can also have a direct impact on the risks of having diabetes.

A small U.S. study tries to uncover this possibility. It states that the people who get very little sleep during the week are at an increased risk of diabetes. However, if the lack of leave over the week is covered through the weekends, the risk can be somewhat mitigated, the study suggests.

For the study, two brief sleep experiments were conducted by researchers. It was found that only four nights of sleep deprivation (subjects were permitted to sleep only for 4.5 hours) in the healthy young men who underwent the analysis showed changes in the blood, suggesting that the bodies were not handling the blood sugar as well as usual. But then, when the subjects had extra sleep for the two following nights, the blood tests had returned to normal, levelling the effect of the short-term deprivation of sleep.

However, the results of the current study are not completely reflective of what may occur to people who are obese, overweight or older, or have other risk factors responsible for causing diabetes.

People who are chronically sleep-deprived are also more likely to develop a number of other health issues such as cognitive deficits, obesity, high blood pressure, etc. by having enough sleep, at least on weekends as a resort of catching up the sleep deficit caused over the week, people are actually reducing the many severe effects of sleep deprivation that also have a connection with diabetes.

Though limited in its scope, the study gives some hope that if people have no way of getting enough sleep over the week, they can cover the risks by sleeping more over the weekend.