Study: Sleeping Less Raises Diabetes Risk

A tired woman reaching for the alarm clock( — Sleep is the best medicine for a long, hard day at work, school, or everyday errands and activities, but many people aren’t getting the eight hours of re-energizing power for the following day.

In fact, most are getting barely six hours of sleep, which could result in a high risk of developing certain conditions, including diabetes.

People in a recent study who slept less than six hours were 4.5 times more likely to develop abnormal blood sugar readings in six years compared with those who slept longer.

“This study supports growing evidence of the association of inadequate sleep with adverse health issues,” said Lisa Rafalson of the University at Buffalo in New York, who presented her findings at the Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Several studies have shown negative health consequences related to getting too little sleep. In children, studies showed it raises the risk of obesity, depression and high blood pressure. In older adults, it increases the risk of falls. And in the middle aged, it raises the risk of infections, heart disease, stroke and cancer.