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Deprivation Nation: How Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Diabetes

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You know you're tired. You know you should go to bed earlier. But did you know that the same sleep deprivation that makes you cranky could also bring on diabetes? Here's how to get a better night's sleep and lower your risk now.

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

On the sofa, in front of the TV. On the train, surrounded by fellow commuters. In the movie theater, before the film begins. If you can't stay awake in any -- or all -- of these places, it's a good bet you're sleep-deprived. This lack of shut-eye does more than make you chronically grouchy; it elevates your risk of high blood pressure and obesity. And now there's a whole new reason to put an end to your sleep starvation: Skimping on rest could increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes, a disease once believed to be caused primarily by being overweight. In fact, just three consecutive nights of inadequate sleep can elevate a person's risk to a degree roughly equivalent to gaining 20 to 30 pounds, according to a 2007 study at the University of Chicago.

"Sleep may be as important as exercise or diet when it comes to developing diabetes," says Eve Van Cauter, MD, a professor of medicine and the senior author of the study. This revelation backs up previous research from Yale and the New England Research Institutes, which showed that people who clock six hours or less of sleep a night are twice as likely to develop diabetes in their lifetime as those who snooze seven hours. Translation? If you're not getting enough rest -- even if you're slim and fit -- you're putting your health in serious jeopardy.

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EthanChong wrote:

Wow, interesting! However, there is a natural and efficient cure to sleep deprivation currently. Simply go to http://www.SleepWellSecrets.com for more info

8/4/2013 02:06:54 AM Report Abuse
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6/18/2012 04:46:09 AM Report Abuse
cabrooker1 wrote:

Go to http://www.InsomniaDoc.com to get real advice on how to treat insomnia from a Cleveland Clinic-trained Sleep Doctor and Neurologist, Dr. Craig Brooker, M.D.

12/2/2011 03:18:26 PM Report Abuse
Jon.Parker wrote:

I have type 2 diabetes. I have read a lot of articles on this and this one is on the money. The part that inspired me to comment was the information that I hope will incourage my kids to adjust some of thier bad habits. Very interesting studies that relate to most young people today. Thanks for the info.

8/25/2011 02:33:12 PM Report Abuse
limam11 wrote:

What if you CANNOT sleep longer than 6 hours? I do NOT use an alarm to wake up, and if I try to go to bed earlier - I just wake up earlier!

8/24/2011 10:05:50 AM Report Abuse

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