A good night’s sleep is required for your brain and your body to heal and repair itself. Not getting a good nights sleep can wreck havoc with your blood sugar levels and result in you gaining weight.
According to research at the University of Chicago Medical Center, if you don’t get a restful, deep sleep, your body will not be able to properly regulate your blood sugar levels and this in turn can lead to an increased risk of developing of type 2 diabetes.
Studies have also shown that people who have not had a good nights sleep have higher blood sugar levels and according to the American Diabetes Association in Diabetes Care, this is a “possible type 2 diabetes risk.”
The two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, helps regulate appetite. Getting a poor nights sleep throws these two “your hungry” and “stop eating” hormones out of order and leads to a reduction of the level or insulin that is released after a person eats.
It has also been found that half the people who have of type 2 diabetes also have sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea means many people never get into a deep restful sleep because the constant awakenings
Sleep, weight gain and diabetes are connected. A poor night’s sleep throws your hormones out of kilter, and that leads to daytime over-eating (especially of simple carbohydrates) and weight gain, which in turn messes up your blood sugar levels and increases your diabetes risk and that will later affect your sleep.
Make getting a good nights sleep a high priority in your life. Get treated for any underlying conditions that are keeping you from getting a deep and refreshing sleep and you may not only loose some weight, you could lessen your odds of developing type 2 diabetes and maybe even control the condition.