NEW YORK [Reuters, 10 Mar 2006] --- Research hints that not getting enough sleep each night, or getting too much sleep, may increase a person's risk of developing non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes, independent of other factors.
Men getting no more than 6 hours of sleep per night, as well as those getting more than 8 hours of shut eye per night, were at significantly increased risk for developing diabetes, compared to men getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
The risk of diabetes was roughly twofold higher in men reporting short sleep duration and more than threefold higher in those reporting long sleep duration, compared with men sleeping 7 to 8 hours nightly.
The magic numbers for ideal sleeping duration, according to the study, are 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If you are an early riser like me who wakes up around 5 to 6am every morning, you must make sure you are already in bed sound asleep by 9 to 10 pm nightly.
I know this must be hard for those who always do overtime at the office, or those who are always fascinated by the lure of the nightlife --- enjoying booze and music --- but I also want you to know that having diabetes for life is no fun at all.
Make time for sleep.