Women: How Bad Sleep Habits May Increase Your Diabetes Risk

young woman sleepingWomen who experience a big increase in hours of sleep each night may face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

The study found that women who added more than two hours of shuteye a night showed a 15 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The researchers also suggested that women who regularly slept six hours or less a night might have higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes. But after adjusting the data for other factors such as obesity, this link was not considered statistically significant, the researchers said.

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Women who were chronically short on sleep who then tried to catch up were the ones who fared the worst in the study. In fact, the researchers found that short sleepers who added two hours of sleep a night actually increased their odds of diabetes by 21 percent.

“Increasing sleep duration after previous years of short sleep may not be a panacea,” said study author Elizabeth Cespedes, a research postdoctoral fellow at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in California.