Sleep and diabetes is the topic in a study that says quality sleep is important for teens and kids or run the risk of getting linked to bad behaviour and uncontrolled blood sugar control. Kids and teens who suffer from diabetes may have trouble getting a good night sleep and this could be linked with school performance, the blood sugar control and their behaviour.
Mind you, the study found the lack of quality sleep could be the result of sleep abnormalities like sleepiness during the day and Scroll down to see Sleep Apnea.
Regardless, all these makes it hard to maintain good blood sugar control. So did University of Arizona’s Michelle Perfect, PhD and study researcher say.
This is how the researchers came to the conclusion that poor sleep is linked with uncontrolled blood sugar and bad behaviour. They studied the quality of sleep of 50 teens and kids with type 1 diabetes as well as the sleep patterns of the controlled groups who are not diabetic.
The researchers found that the diabetic kids had lighter sleep for longer time than the non diabetic group and so they showed signs of higher blood sugar levels. In addition, their performance on standardized tests were poorer and so their grades were lower. They also exhibited behaviour abnormalities. Of course, this led to a poor quality of life.
The researchers also found that one-third of the participants had sleep apnea even when they did not consider obesity. This has been previously linked with type 2 diabetes. Previous studies found that lack of adequate sleep among obese teens could raise the risk for developing diabetes.
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Consider these. The researchers at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital found that blood sugar levels are more stable with 7 ½ to 8 ½ hours of sleep per night while Ottawa Sun reported that sleeping less or more was associated with higher blood sugar levels. Georgia State University’s associate professor, Michael Decker, PhD who is also a spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has a slide show on five things that could keep one from sleeping well thus linking sleep and diabetes.