Sleep – who needs it?
Well it turns out – everyone needs to regularly sleep between 6 and 8 hours a night. Lack of sleep, especially on a regular basis, is associated with long-term health consequences, including medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
During sleep, our bodies secrete hormones that help to control appetite, energy metabolism, and glucose processing of the high-energy carbohydrate that cells use for fuel. Getting too little sleep upsets the balance of these and other hormones.
Even minor periods of inadequate sleep can cause an elevation in blood pressure. Studies have found that a single night of inadequate sleep in people who have existing hypertension can cause elevated blood pressure throughout the following day. This effect may begin to explain the relationship between poor sleep and diabetes and cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Sleep disorders can have health consequences. Conditions such as such as Sleep Apnoea often occur with type 2 diabetes, especially if the person is overweight. If you snore heavily, and have poor sleep and feel tired all the time talk about this with your doctor or nurse.