Too Much or Too Little Sleep Raises Your Diabetes Risks

Both too little and too much sleep could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.

A 15-year study of more than 1,000 men found that those getting less than six or more than eight hours of sleep a night had a significantly increased diabetes risk.

The risk was roughly twice as high for those sleeping relatively short periods, and more than three times as high for those who slept for long periods. Those who slept for seven to eight hours a night were at the least risk.

A similar pattern has been observed in the relationship between sleep and coronary heart disease.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Getting the proper amount of sleep is one good way to help beat both obesity and diabetes naturally. While oversleeping can be a problem, the vast majority of Americans are more likely to be undersleeping.

An astonishing number of studies have linked many Americans' 24/7 lifestyles -- chock full of work, commitments, e-mail and other distractions -- to a lack of sleep that's had a devastating effect on the U.S. population's health.

The key that links diabetes, obesity, and sleep could very well be leptin. If you want to get up to speed on leptin, I urge you to review an article I posted last year on diabetes and obesity and how leptin links both of those disease states.

Meanwhile, you have plenty of safe and natural options at your disposal on this Web site to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, without getting too much -- and all without the need for a potentially toxic drug. I suggest you take a look at my extensive Guide to a Good Night's Sleep.

If you haven't already reviewed this useful compilation of sleep-aid suggestions, I would strongly encourage you to do so now. It really is crucial that you regularly are able to sleep well. Failure to do so will result in major health problems for you.

So carefully apply the recommendations I advise and avoid using drugs to help you sleep as that is quite frankly a prescription for disaster.

The guide will tell you how proper diet, lifestyle habits, and the use of energy psychology tools like the Emotional Freedom Technique can help you get the rest you need to stay healthy and energetic.

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