Research has shown that disturbed sleep reduces insulin production through the body, increases blood glucose, and slows down metabolism to increase weight gain. Overweightis another major cause of diabetes.
Sleep problems increase the risk of overweight and diabetes
Sleep apnea is a big messenger in this story. 40% of people with sleep apnea also have diabetes … and half of people with type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes) suffer from a sleep disorder .
What is sleep apnea? This is a sleep disorder with respiratory arrest. Breath stops longer than 10 seconds, we call an apnea. We speak of sleep apnea when this happens 5 times or more.
Sleep apnea increases the chance of type 2 diabetes by 3.5 times as much! The metabolism of people with sleep apnea is usually very bad, especially the metabolism of sugar. People who have difficulty breathing during sleep are previously insensitive to insulin and are more likely to overweight. The result of overweight is again that there is more chance of diabetes.
People with sleep problems continue to experience some kind of unconscious stress during sleep, which in turn also causes diabetes.
Overweight is not only a direct cause of diabetes, but overweight also increases the chance of getting sleep problems including sleep apnea.Sleep problems and overweight can thus cause and strengthen each other. There is actually a kind of negative vicious circle .
“Overweight causes sleep problems,
sleep problems cause overweight,
overweight causes diabetes,
sleeping problems cause diabetes “
So, it would not be a very crazy idea to investigate people with either of these conditions for the presence of the other condition.
It is especially important for people with diabetes to save a lot of misery when they find out that they also suffer from sleep apnea. Except that people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, it is also more difficult to adjust in combination with diabetes and requires more insulin to maintain blood glucose levels.
Solutions of sleep apnea
There are means like special pressure masks and braces that can be worn during sleep, which can alleviate or even solve the problems. The best way to overcome sleep problems and apnea is by weight loss! In many cases, a 10% weight loss already results in huge improvement or even solving sleep problems like sleep apnea. Healthy food and sports are of course good for achieving weight reduction, but also indirect and direct super good for your sleep quality and sleep!
Losing remains the best way
Recognizing sleep apnea
Appearances at night:
Hard snoring , breathlessness, waking up of suffocating feelings, impotence, no sense of sex, sweating, more times to go out of bed to pee, dry mouth wake up, wake up with headache, wake up.
Phenomena during the day:
Sleepiness, falling asleep, extreme fatigue, concentration problems, forgetful, mood swings.
You do not have to suffer from all the complaints. However, if you recognize more than 4 or 5, there is a chance that you have sleep apnea.In the presumption of sleep apnea, it is advisable to go along the GP and / or to investigate this in a sleep center.
Recognizing some of the phenomena that happen last night is of course very difficult. You have stopped your own breath or, for example, you do not swallow. If you have a partner, he or she could point you to it. Let your partner read this article differently so that the phenomena are easier to recognize by the other.
If you are overweight, it is advisable to do something about it. For your overall health, but also to reduce or prevent the described complaints such as sleep apnea. In another article you will read more about the relationship between sleep problems and overweight . If you want to lose weight, I also recommend reading the guest blog article by Niels Bosman. In this he explains the relationship between weight loss and sleep well . Niels has set up an online platform (EasyAfvallen.eu) and is the author of the popular Carbohydrate 50-day Program that helps many people lose weight in a healthy way.