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Question of the Week – November 7th – test your knowledge before seeing answer below!
Which of the following statements is accurate regarding sleep and diabetes?
a. Inadequate sleep is associated with hypoglycemia
b. People with diabetes are at lower risk for sleep apnea
c. Oversleeping increases appetite
d. Lack of sleep increases stress hormone levels
Correct Answer: d. Lack of sleep increases stress hormone levels
Sleep plays a huge role in both physical and mental health. Lack of sleep has often been linked to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity and diabetes.
Not getting enough sleep increases levels of stress hormones, which are associated with higher fasting glucose levels. In addition, sleep deprivation can alter ghrelin and leptin levels, the hormones that make you feel hungry, increasing appetite and body weight.
Encourage your patients to give themselves the gift of at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Adequate sleep helps people make the best choices for their mental and physical health and protects against illness and fatigue. Sleep is good for the body, brain, immune system and mental health!
To learn more on the importance of sleep, check out these two articles:
Poor sleeping habits in adults with type 2 diabetes linked to health problems – The Global Diabetes Community
Why Is Sleep Important? – The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute