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Late to bed, early to rise: a recipe for diabetes
- By Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I can say, I usually sleep for about 5 hours daily and go to bed late, but today, I am going to try to improve my sleep habits… I am afraid.
Sleep is very important in our everyday lives and therefore explains why it is good to always pay lots of attention on that aspect. in fact there are many people out there who have often encountered problems such as insomnia simply because they do not know what to do exactly. Paying attention on this aspect therefore can be very useful. Thank you for great information.
Diabetes can be very dangerous and for this reason, paying much attention it can be very helpful at the long run. No one should assume this the other way but try as much as possible to do the right thing all the time.
I believe that exercise will promote good sleeping habits. Find something to do beside snacking and you are good to go.
I have been sleeping for approx 4 hrs nightly ever since I could remember. I am 55 now and have had diabetes for 10 years now and my sleeping habits are still the same. I am also not overweight as a matter of fact I am 6’1 and 170lbs.
But I believe that exercise will promote good sleeping habits. Find something to do beside snacking and you are good to go.
Many of our residents have diabetes and have had a life that led them to be late to bed and early to rise. Hopefully, we can make this into an actionable plan to help people avoid diabetes as they age.
t is so important to be light on your feet, inquisitive and interested in being wrong. You have that wonderful fascination with the what if questions, but you also need absolute focus and a keen insight into the context and what is important – that is really terribly important. It’s about contradictions you have to navigate.
Your post has a good article.I liked your post.
Thanks for all the tips, they are very usefull. Usually i do a workout with kettlebels about half an hour before i go to sleep.
It’s perfect to fall to sleep.
I only slept 2 hours / day. This condition has lasted almost 5 years. whether I am in danger of being exposed to diabetic? I had been feeling in good health and no significant physical decline.
I know what it is like to work shifts .I did this for over 10 years, 12hrs. on,12hrs off. You are right how it upset sleep. The other down side is the effect it has on family life.
Thank you for the informative post. It just shows how tightly interconnected our bodily systems are. An imbalance in one can easily disrupt another which is linked to it. And thanks for the good sleeping tips too. If I may add, I find using a sleep sound machine to be quite useful because I live in a high rise building that faces highways. If noise is disrupting your sleep, you should try one.
I have personally measured my glucose for the past several years to see what the effects of food types on glucose, but one thing that came out of all my studies, is that good sleep improves your glucose control, just by itself. Good sleep lowers fasting glucose and all measurements throughout the day. Lack of sleep results with your fasting glucose in the morning being as much as 10 to 15 mg/dL higher than if you got good sleep. so I’m not surprised your article finds that sleep plays a primary role in diabetes / organ health.
Thanks very much for these information , i was sleep for about just about 5 hours daily and go to bed late, but now, i will try to improve my sleep habits.Thanks
Thanks for the update. I really appreciate the efforts you have made for this blog.
It seems that i need to improve my sleeping a lot.
I need to sleep more than my average of 6 hours.
Fortunately im not overweight, but i do need to watch this.
Thank you for sharing these tips
Thanks for sharing good tips on sleep here as our body needs sleep to repair its self and not getting enough sleep we are inviting obesity problem, heart attack, stress, strokes, mental disease.
That is interesting
I’m scared about my condition now. I just sleep about 3 hours, then study 2 hours, and then sleep again for 1 hour. am I going to get diabetic? help me…, If so, the best thing is get more sleep to reduce the risk of diabetic
I didn’t know all this. Sometimes we work on two jobs or even three. I am sticking to your advice and thank you so much for the great article.
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