How Insufficient Sleep Can Lead to Obesity and Diabetes

Perhaps you think of sleep as being a luxury – something that was generously at your disposal when you were still a child but something that’s now meager in your adult life. There’s a big chance that IF you’re a hard-working employee or a diligent college student, the hours of sleep that you get per night is far below the ideal amount. However maybe a lot of you are able to manage to do your tasks properly without them – you still can meet the deadline, and you can still finish the requirements decently. You think to yourself that it’s all about getting used to the scanty hours of slumber and the irregular sleeping patterns. You may believe that a proper sleeping schedule and pattern is something you can do without.

I’m here to tell you, dear reader since I care for you and your health, that believing in the unimportance of proper sleep and living according to this lifestyle will put your health in jeopardy. What am I talking about? I’m saying that your sleep quality and the quality of your health are directly related. If your sleep is all over the place, scattered, un-prioritized, and only fits in spare hours of the night (or dawn) somewhere between after you finish your work and some time before you go to work, you’re messing with your health. It’s not healthy. That’s why in this article, I’m going to show you just two simple examples of how lack of, and improper sleep will affect your health long-term, and what you can do about it.


Your sleeping habit will affect your metabolism.


According to research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, irregular sleep patterns can slow down an individual’s metabolism. This entails one very noticeable consequence. With the body’s metabolism having been slowed down, obesity is not far from the scene.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this IS certainly a problem. I’m not only talking about that you won’t fit into your old clothes and people will look at you differently when you’re obese, but I’m explicitly indicating the health problems that will follow you around. Obesity may lead to diseases like congestive heart failure, osteoarthritis, stroke, diabetes, or even cancer. This is a very serious issue. Not only do irregular and sporadic sleeping patterns affect the way you are during the day (short-term), it also affects your health in a span of years (long-term).

Your sleeping habit can affect your blood sugar level.

Blood sugar level? That sounds gravely familiar and when it’s there, the word “diabetes” is not far off.

Well that’s right. Aside from the previously mentioned fact that sporadic sleeping can affect your metabolism which will affect your weight which will affect whether or not you have diabetes, it’s also true that having short, interrupted sleep will affect your blood sugar level directly, as found out by the researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. It raises your blood sugar levels which brings you one step closer to diabetes. It seems pretty futile if you try to avoid diabetes as much as you can by watching and being careful about what you eat, but then you act like an owl at night and reward yourself with sleep as short as cat-naps during the day time when bats are asleep. The prevention of diabetes should be serious business for you not only through watching what you eat, but even with sleeping with a proper pattern.

Remember that your health is more important than whatever is keeping you awake at a time when you should be well rested. If it’s friends, what’s the use of friends if the only friends you’re going to have are nurses if you’re sick and bedridden? If it’s your school studies, remember that your health is more important than being THE very best in the class.

If it’s your work, think about how useless all the money you earn will be if you’re only going to spend it for hospital expenses since the lack of sleep gave you those illnesses in the process of acquiring temporary wealth. Your health must be put in priority. That’s why it’s important for you to slow down, take it easy, and rest. Don’t push yourself. Besides, sleeping feels good! Why are you withholding a pleasure from yourself that’s given by God for you to enjoy?

Author Bio:

Treisha is a portrait of a modern-day Party Girl. Nights of dancing and socializing are not uncommon in Treisha’s life, but she claims to know and respect her limits. When responsibilities and opportunities align themselves, she knows how to prioritize them and keep them in order. Treisha works part-time as a blog manager and writer for Uratex Blog.

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