News stories about the assumed connection between naps and a person’s diabetes risk (Diabetes and Sleep Patterns) started to surface again. You may have even read one of the reports on Fox News. Because of the resurgence in interest, we wanted to weigh in on the topic as well.

Although scientists continue to debate why it is no secret that our bodies need sleep. Some claim that it gives our bodies time to rejuvenate, grow and heal. Others associate it with evolutionary issues. Regardless of one’s theory choice, the activity’s impact on our overall health is clear. Too much and too little sleep can lead to a variety of health consequences, including the development of diabetes.

One of the reasons behind sleep duration’s connection with diabetes has to do with metabolism and hormones like leptin. Leptin plays a role in everything from maintaining our bodies’ insulin levels to achieving sympathovagal balance. In addition, the hormone’s effectiveness can be altered by our sleep patterns. We know this for certain because many studies have been conducted on the topic, including one that appeared in a 2010 issue of Diabetes Care.

The study referenced in the October 2013 news articles was one of the most recent. It was conducted, in part, by representatives from Tongji Medical College. The results were initially published in Sleep Medicine magazine. They indicated that people who continuously opt to nap daily for extended periods of time tend to be at risk for developing two things. Those two things are diabetes and impaired fasting plasma glucose levels.

Therefore, those that have a tendency to nap often may want to mention it to their primary care physicians and invest in diabetes testing supplies. After all, the diabetic supplies could be used to monitor one’s insulin levels both before and after sleep. To learn more about diabetes testing supplies and lifestyle factors that impact diabetics, please contact us.