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Sleep away your diabetes risk - starting tonight!

by , 03 April 2013

Suffering from insomnia? You have more than morning grumpiness to worry about. A new study published this week has found that a decrease in the sleep hormone melatonin is linked to increased risk of adult-onset diabetes! Here's how to get your sleeping patterns back on track…

If you’re struggling to fall asleep at night, you’ll know all too well the feeling of all-day tiredness, which makes it hard to get through the day.
 
But if the sleep problem continues, you could soon face more severe health problems – diabetes, to be exact.
 
Because while ‘poor lifestyle’ factors like being overweight are known as the key factors behind adult-onset diabetes, poor sleep plays just as big a role, according to NewVision.
 
In fact, research has found that sleep hormone melatonin is to blame.
 
Melatonin is produced by the brain during sleep, when its levels are higher in blood, explains NewVision.
 
Try meditation and napping to increase your melatonin levels and get more sleep!
 
Luckily, you can increase your melatonin levels naturally through meditation, says the Melatonin website.
 
All you need to do is meditate for twenty minutes to half an hour before you go to sleep.
 
Even better?
 
Adding just one hour to your nightly shut-eye could mean a decrease in 680g of fat mass, which put you at even less risk of diabetes as there’s less chance you’ll be overweight, says FSPHealth.
 
Getting the right amount of sleep could even be as simple as taking short naps during the day, says FSP Health.
 
Alcohol and heavy meals before bedtime could be affecting your sleep…
 
And if you’re still struggling to sleep, you should also avoid alcohol and heavy meals before bedtime as this can affect your quality of sleep, says WebMD
 
There you have it. 
 
Sleep is the best way to prevent diabetes – and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day!
 

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