Researchers from Harvard University monitored more than 130,000 healthy women for a period of 10 years and found that over 6,000 women developed Type 2 diabetes.
As part of the study, scientists looked at various sleep problems including difficulty falling or staying asleep, snoring, getting less than six hours sleep per night and sleep apnea.
Their findings revealed that women who experienced sleep problems tended to have a higher BMI, be less physically active and more depressed than women with no sleep issues. They also had a 22 per cent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
According to lead author Dr. Frank B. Hu, women who suffered from two of the sleep conditions had double the risk while those who suffered from all of the sleep issues had almost four times the risk of developing diabetes.
The reason? Hu says a lack of sleep causes excess secretion of hormones that affect appetite, stress levels and insulin resistance, all of which increase the risk for diabetes.
So if you’re not getting enough shut-eye, avoid these late night no-no’sand try this deep-breathing technique to fall asleep in 60 seconds.