Today, let’s talk about sleep.
Healthy sleep habits are every bit as important as diet and exercise, where your metabolic health is concerned.
And according to a new paper published in the Journal of Sleep Research, poor sleep nearly doubles your risk of death if you’re a diabetic…
A lethal combination
Researchers looked at data from roughly half a million middle-aged participants of the U.K. Biobank cohort. All subjects answered questions about sleep problems, such as trouble falling asleep, or frequent waking in the middle of the night.
Results showed that subjects with sleep problems faced a higher risk of death than those without sleep problems.
But among patients with type 2 diabetes, the situation was especially dire.
Simply having diabetes raised these subjects’ mortality risk by a staggering 67 percent.
But frequent sleep troubles raised that risk to a whopping 87 percent, compared to people without sleep problems or diabetes.
And compared to fellow diabetics, people with both diabetes and sleep problems were 12 percent more likely to die over the nearly decade-long study period.
Lifesaving solutions for sleep loss
These numbers aren’t particularly surprising to me.
In fact, I wrote about the lethal link between sleep loss and metabolic syndrome back in the December 2015 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“The biggest metabolism mistake you might be making—night after night”). Not yet a subscriber? Consider signing up today.
But they are pretty shocking. And hopefully, they serve as a wakeup call to doctors and patients alike to start taking sleep trouble more seriously—especially for diabetics.
This study didn’t distinguish between specific sleep issues, like insomnia or sleep apnea. But it did underscore an important point: Whatever’s keeping you from a good night’s sleep—whether it’s stress, poor sleep hygiene, etc.—it needs to be addressed… and fast.
The good news is, you can get a good night’s sleep every night—without relying on risky drugs, and no matter how many times you have tried and failed in the past. (Remember, I like for you to aim for seven to nine hours of quality shuteye each night.)
You can start by investing in room darkening curtains or shades, earplugs, and an eye-mask… and being conscious of blue light before bedtime.
For additional support, you can try one of my four top supplements to help promote good sleep:
- Melatonin. Start with 3 mg and slowly increase the dosage if needed. Just never exceed 20 mg. (If you wake up groggy, you’ve taken too much.)
- L-theanine. I recommend taking at least 100 mg before bedtime.
- Enzyme-treated asparagus stem extract (ETAS™). I recommend 200 mg before bed.
- CBD. I often find that cannabidiol (CBD) oil offers the best absorption and makes it easier to find specific dosages you may need for each individual concern. I recommend starting out with a small amount and working your way up until you reach the desired result. (This process is known as titration.)
“People who have trouble sleeping are at a higher risk of dying early – especially diabetics.” Science Daily, 07/08/2021. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210608092300.htm)