How lack of Sleep is related to Insulin Resistance

How lack of Sleep is related to Insulin Resistance

Did you know that the quantity and quality of sleep can affect your insulin levels? Sleep deprivation is an overlooked factor in Type 2 Diabetes. It may be hard to believe, but the science and logic behind it is that hormone levels are thrown out of gear due to sleep loss and as a result, the body produced less insulin and more cortisol (stress hormones). Less sleep also increases the hunger pangs due to reduced satiety levels which cause cravings for sugary and high carb foods. This often leads to giving in to the cravings and overeating. This shoots up not just insulin levels but the body weight too.

Blood sugar and weight management are best achieved not just with diet but with proper exercise too. Lack of sleep renders us too tired to indulge in any form of physical activity and this too becomes a major contributor to elevated blood glucose levels.

Humans, being victims of civilization, do not have the luxury of sleeping for the prescribed minimum 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every single night. But a night or two of bad sleep either in terms of quality or quantity can be easily fixed with just a couple of consecutive nights of good sleep. But making it a habit can prove to be detrimental in the long run, affecting diabetics more than others.

Diabetes can no longer be attributed to genetics alone. The basic lifestyle habits of our generation have undergone a massive transformation, unfortunately for the worse. Some factors like junk food and sedentary habits can be changed voluntarily but there are other environmental factors over which we have no control, thus leading to major lifestyle diseases, one of which is diabetes. Apart from the prescribed time of 7 hours of sleep, there are also major sleep/wakefulness disorders which cause havoc in our body system.

The body has a narrow range of blood glucose levels. Glucose Tolerance is the ability of the body to remove excess blood glucose. It is the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin. It has reduced considerably as insulin sensitivity has declined. The pancreatic beta cells are unable to produce more insulin to make up for the Glucose Intolerance and thus Diabetes steps in. This Glucose Tolerance follows the circadian rhythm – our natural biological sleep pattern which unfortunately has been lost to modernization and fast-paced lives.

There are different sleep stages and glucose metabolism is slower in the first half and higher in the second half of the sleep cycle. Altering either quantity or quality of sleep affects the overall glucose homeostasis.

Not just for diabetics, people sleeping less than 6 hours in the night are more prone to develop diabetes too

By following the natural sleep pattern and also by consuming natural foods and herbal medicines which nature has given us in bounty, we can go back to natural living and live a healthy life devoid of diseases. The herbs present in Sugar Knocker, apart from visible effects on various organs, also have a calming effect on the system, thus increasing the sleep quality.