Could Skimping on Sleep Increase Your Risk of Diabetes?

Looking at the data from over 100,000 women, Harvard researchers have discovered a link between a lack of sleep and an increased risk of diabetes.

These connections seem evident even when the researchers took other prominent risk factors into account, like obesity, high blood pressure and depression.

Broken down into age categories, the National Sleep Foundation reports that children from newborn through preschool need 17 hours of sleep per day.  That ramps down to about 8 hours as they progress into adolescence.

As adults, it appears about 7 hours of sleep should be the minimum everyone, and particularly women, should obtain.

And all the factors we’ve discussed on the blog before have an impact:

Bedtime routine

Darkness

Avoiding electronic devices right before bedtime

Caffeine and alcohol

Eating too late

We all know we have to do it, the challenge is to make sleep a priority, not the first thing to give up when tough choices for our time emerge.

 

 

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