Lack of sleep can have serious consequences on our health. It has been associated with increased risk of various complications, highlighting the significance of addressing sleep deprivation for overall well-being.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020), i
f you consistently sleep for less than 7 hours per night, it will become more difficult to control your diabetes. Insufficient sleep can cause the following problems:
- increase insulin resistance, making it harder for your body to regulate blood sugar levels.
- increase your appetite and reduce the feeling of fullness after meals, leading to overeating. It can make you more inclined to choose unhealthy, high-carbohydrate, and sugary foods.
- It can hinder weight loss efforts by making it more challenging to shed excess pounds.
- It can raise blood pressure and significantly increase the risk of a heart attack.
- It can weaken your immune system, making it less effective at fighting off infections.
- It can also increase the likelihood of experiencing depression and anxiety. (CDC, 2020).
Here is a flow chart published by National Library of Medicine explaining how sleep quality and quantity affects the human body:
Fig. 1 The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease
Kelsie Patterson courageously faced her own diagnosis of type 1 diabetes with determination and drive, pushing her to pursue a multi-disiplinary approach to become a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care & Educator Specialist, and Certified Personal Trainer. Her passion for helping others motivated her to start "The Diabetes Dietitian" where she works directly with people managing type 1 diabetes to gain control over their blood sugars in order to achieve any life goals.
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