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Sleeping This Much Increases Your Diabetes Risk By 58%, New Study Finds

If you want to avoid this chronic condition, it might be time to rethink your sleep schedule.
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There are few things better than getting a good night's rest. You wake up feeling happier, healthier, more refreshed, and ready to take on the day. However, between work, family, and day-to-day stresses, it's not always easy to log a solid eight hours every night.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of U.S. adults don't get the recommended amount of sleep at night. Unfortunately, it's more than fatigue you may have in store if you're getting the wrong amount of sleep: a new study suggests it could significantly increase your diabetes risk. Read on to discover which amount of sleep could be putting your health at risk. And if you want to improve your health fast, check out The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Getting too little sleep significantly increases your diabetes risk.

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A new study published in the journal Nature and Science of Sleep reveals that getting inadequate sleep may be a significant contributor to your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Among a group of 84,404 adult participants whose healthcare records were obtained from the U.K. Biobank, those who typically slept less than five hours per night were found to have a 58% higher risk of developing diabetes in the next five to seven years as compared to those who regularly slept between seven and eight hours a night.

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Not sleeping enough also increases your risk of obesity.

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It's not just your diabetes risk that skyrockets when you get inadequate sleep, however.

The same study found that short sleep duration may play a significant factor in your risk of becoming obese, too. The study's researchers discovered that study subjects who regularly got just five hours of sleep at night were 48% more likely to become obese in the subsequent five to seven years than those who typically slept for seven to eight hours.

It may also play a major role in your mental health.

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There are a wide variety of factors that may affect your mental health—and the amount of sleep you get at night certainly numbers among them.

The Nature and Science of Sleep study found that individuals who regularly got five or fewer hours of sleep at night had a 44% higher risk of developing "organic mental disorder and mood disorders" in the following five to seven years than their better-rested counterparts.

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Sleeping for too long has its own risks.

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If you think that staying in bed for hours and hours will help combat the effects of those years of sleeping poorly, think again.

A 2003 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who sleep for more than nine hours a night have a greater risk of coronary heart disease.

For more reasons to hit the hay earlier, check out the One Major Side Effect Not Sleeping Enough Has on Weight Gain, New Study Says.

Sarah Crow
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