Chronic lack of sleep linked to diabetes

Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to everything from heart disease to depression and it can even put you on the fast track to diabetes.

One of the most important things you can do for your health every day is to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.

It doesn’t matter how many supplements you take, how balanced and healthy your diet is and how much exercise you get, if you don’t get enough sleep, sooner or later, it will affect your health.

A new study at the University of Chicago discovered that loss of sleep can spike levels of free fatty acids in your blood. Over time, that’s a serious problem that can interfere with the hormone insulin’s ability to regulate your blood sugar levels.

When you’re sleeping normally, your fatty acid levels typically peak during the day and then drop overnight. But when the study’s volunteers got only 4 hours of sleep over four consecutive nights, their fatty acid levels remained elevated and stayed high for about five hours into the early morning.

The same pattern can be seen in patients who are in the early stages of diabetes.

If you’ve spent too many nights tossing and turning, don’t reach for a dangerous over-the-counter sleep aid or prescription drugs that are addictive and have been linked to cognitive decline. There are natural remedies to help you snooze through the night.

Try taking valerian (often referred to as ‘the Valium of the 19th century’), a herb that may smell like dirty socks, but it has been proven to be effective against insomnia, stress and anxiety. You can make tea from dried valerian or alternatively you can find it at health food stores as a tincture, in capsules or tablet form.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

New study links lack of sleep and diabetes, upi.com

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