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Attention! Diabetes may be linked to daytime sleepiness.

by Sinha Ceni 3 months ago in health
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How much do you know about sleep health issues?

Attention! Diabetes may be linked to daytime sleepiness.
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A good night's sleep is an important part of good health, but most people are ignorant of this area of sleep health, and no one is quite sure if they are sleeping healthily.

It's easy to tell from your mental state during the day, such as "daytime sleepiness", "easily dozing off", and "easily getting sleepy while driving", all of which are signs of poor sleep quality. These are all signs of poor sleep quality.

Daytime naps are usually brief, but they can last from a few minutes to several hours. Some people nap because they have a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness. However, in addition to the effect on daytime mental performance, sleep disorders also increase the incidence of diabetes.

Excessive daytime sleepiness increases the risk of developing diabetes by 56%

At the recent annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, new research found that daytime sleepiness or prolonged napping increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. Excessive daytime sleepiness increased the risk of diabetes by 56 percent, while those who took daytime naps of 60 minutes or more had a 46 percent increased risk of diabetes. In contrast, short naps (60 minutes or less per day) did not increase the risk of developing diabetes. The analysis showed that napping for about 40 minutes a day had no effect on the risk of diabetes and that the risk began to increase sharply if the time was increased.

Another study by a team of researchers from the University of Central Technology says that middle-aged and older adults who nap for more than half an hour a day have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that there are two reasons for this phenomenon: first, daily naps reduce exercise time; second, too much daytime sleep disrupts circadian rhythms, exposing the internal organs to higher concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn affects blood sugar levels.

Excessive daytime sleep is directly related to nighttime sleep disorders

As mentioned earlier, excessive daytime sleep is directly related to nighttime sleep disorders. Take the most common sleep disorder "snoring" as an example, many people think snoring is a reflection of a good night's sleep, but it is not. If you listen carefully to the snorers' snoring, you will feel that they are holding their breath when snoring.

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This is a case of apnea when sleeping because the muscles relax and the airway collapses and blocks the throat, and the snoring sound we hear is also issued because of poor breathing.

And apnea does not directly cause people to suffocate, the brain feels that your apnea lack oxygen, it will force your body to wake up, and after a while, your body relaxes again, and apnea happens again. Severe snorers may be forced to wake up dozens or hundreds of times a night by the brain, which is why although they feel good about sleep, they always feel tired and sleepy the next day.

How to solve the snoring problem?

A home ventilator is the best way to treat snoring; the ventilator mentioned here is a small home ventilator, also known as a "snore stopper". Unlike the intensive care ventilator in ICU, it is mainly used to treat snoring, OSA, and other sleep disorders. The principle is to form a gas holder in the patient's airway by continuously blowing air into the patient, thus avoiding airway obstruction during sleep.

At the same time, non-invasive ventilators can effectively solve the problems brought about by snoring and daytime drowsiness, and also reduce the probability of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension due to snoring. Many people with high blood pressure caused by OSA have experienced a significant drop in blood pressure after using non-invasive ventilators.

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