Understanding The Connection Between Sleep And Diabetes

Understanding The Connection Between Sleep And Diabetes

One of the most serious health consequences that comes from disrupted, poor quality sleep is a significantly increased risk for diabetes. The relationship between sleep and diabetes is complicated, and scientists are still working to understand all the ways that sleep and circadian rhythms (also known as your internal biological clock) affect this disease. That said, we have some hints, since we know sleep has a powerful connection to metabolism (how our body uses food for energy), to hormones that regulate appetite and eating patterns, and to the body’s use of blood sugar and insulin.

Brain’s ‘sleep switch’ found

Brain’s ‘sleep switch’ found

Scientists have identified a protein molecule in the brains of fruit flies that they believe is the “switch” that controls the flies’ internal drive to sleep—and that a similar mechanism likely exists for human sleep as well. Researchers at the UK’s Oxford University...
How Much Sleep For Teens?

How Much Sleep For Teens?

It’s a mantra from physicians, sleep experts and other health professionals we’ve come to expect: teenagers are short on sleep. This lack of sleep contributes to a range of problems, including poor decision making and reduced academic performance. As a result, widely...