Failing to sleep deeply for just three nights running has the same negative effect on the body's ability to manage insulin as gaining 20 to 30 pounds.
AS PER a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, three nights of sleep, which is interrupted can effectively give people in their 20s the glucose and insulin metabolisms of people three times their age. This research indicates a clear role for slow-wave sleep in ensuring normal glucose control. A steep decline in slow-wave sleep has a critical effect on insulin sensitivity and tolerance for glucose.
Thus, having better quality of sleep, can be a key step in avoiding onset of type 2 diabetes. The researchers recruited five men and four women, all lean and healthy, who were between the ages of 20 and 31 years.
Young adults spend about 80 to 100 minutes during a in slow-wave sleep, while those over 60 generally have less than 20 minutes. Researchers concluded that participants in the research were almost 25 percent less sensitive to insulin after having interrupted sleep. As their insulin sensitivity descreased, they needed to make more insulin to break down the same quantity of glucose.