The human body is fashioned in such a way so as to work for approximately 16 hours a day and rest for a period of 8 hours, ideally. During the period of work, that engulfs the entire period of being awake during the day, the body burns energy for various mental and physical activities. During the period of rest, indicated by the period of sleep, the body rejuvenates. It is during this period of rest that the body works its most to replace, restore and repair all that was lost and damaged during the day.
Insulin is one key ingredient that is produced in the body during the day. This insulin that is produced has to be used up in order to balance the efficiency and well-functioning of the body. The average time period required for insulin to work on the carbohydrates and sugars stored in the body is 8 hours during the sleep phase, during which a shortage of sleep would mean excess carbohydrates and sugar stored up. This is the number one cause of type 2 diabetes in the youth and middle age groups.
On another note, the protein Leptin, which is an appetite suppressant produced during sleep, is reduced heavily when the sleep period is shortened. Wakefulness triggers the protein Grehlin (appetite stimulant) to be produced instead, making a person eat more frequently. There hence arises an increase in the sugar level of the body leading to type 2 diabetes, in addition to obesity.
Long term sleep deficit leads to many ailments apart from diabetes; the more common being lowered blood pressure and gradual heart failure if not a heart attack. A blend of these three deadly ailments when triggered with a lack of sleep can prove to be most fatal within the blink of an eye.
Ways to combat Diabetes:
Follow a regular sleep pattern. Sleep at the right time and wake up at the right time each day.
Exercise. Exercising for 30 minutes a day is not only healthy but also when done so before bed time, especially a brisk walk before sleep, can induce deep restful sleep.
Avoid caffeine before bed time. A soothing cup of black tea is ideal but coffee will keep you awake rather than relax you.
The heaviest meal should be breakfast, followed by a lighter lunch. Dinner should be the lightest and at least two hours before bed time. Give yourself enough time for food to settle before going to bed. Do not sleep on a heavy stomach.
Follow a healthy diet. Greasy food and heavy intake of carbohydrates are a sure way to welcome diabetes.
Many studies have shown how deficit sleep patterns triggers the onset of diabetes. Although genetics plays a major role in the occurrence of diabetes in an individual, studies shows that lack of sleep is like adding fuel to the fire. A stitch in time saves nine and so can adequate sleep to save your health.
Fight diabetes. Sleep well!