Too much or too little sleep linked to Diabetes and serious health problems!

At Chiropractic Dubai, our doctors believe getting enough sleep and sleep posture is one of the most important aspects of overall spinal health and wellbeing. As well as a health diet and exercise, getting the correct amount of sleep allows your body to function and fight off illnesses. Lack of sleep can have serious, far reaching effects on your health. And too much sleep can also have adverse effects on your health.


Research has found the following:

Over time, sleeping five hours or less or nine hours or more each night may increase your risk of developing diabetes. Researchers followed more than 70,000 diabetes-free women for a 10-year period, they found that women who slept five hours or less every night were 34 percent more likely to develop diabetes symptoms than women who slept for seven or eight hours each night. Comparatively, women who slept nine hours or more each night were 35 percent more likely to develop diabetes symptoms.

During the course of the study, which began in 1986, 1,969 women developed diabetes and most showed symptoms of the condition.

Researchers were not certain why sleeping too much or too little might be linked to diabetes, though one theory involves leptin, a hormone that may play a role in signaling the body to stop eating. Too little sleep may reduce levels of leptin, possibly causing people to gain weight and develop diabetes. When researchers removed factors such as overweight and obesity, too little sleep was not linked to diabetes, which suggests that sleep may indirectly affect diabetes by promoting weight gain.

One theory why too much sleep may increase diabetes risk is that people who sleep a lot tend to have poorer health in general. They may also have sleep apnea, a condition that may prevent restful sleep and cause people to sleep more overall due to feeling tired. Independently, sleep apnea may also increase diabetes risk.

Lack of sleep or interrupted sleep can:

  • Dramatically weaken your immune system
  • Accelerate tumor growth—tumors grow two to three times faster in laboratory animals with severe sleep dysfunctions
  • Cause a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, which can wreak havoc on your weight
  • Seriously impair your memory; even a single night of poor sleep—meaning sleeping only 4 to 6 hours—can impact your ability to think clearly the next day
  • Impair your performance on physical or mental tasks, and decrease your problem solving ability

Sleep deprivation prematurely ages you by interfering with your growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep (and during certain types of exercise, such as Peak Fitness Technique). Growth hormone helps you look and feel younger.

One study has even shown that people with chronic insomnia have a three times greater risk of dying from any cause.

The serious effects from lack of sleep

When your sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythms) are disrupted, your body produces less melatonin (a hormone and an antioxidant) and has less ability to fight cancer, since melatonin helps suppress free radicals that can lead to cancer. This is why tumors grow faster when you sleep poorly.

Impaired sleep can also increase stress-related disorders, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Mood disorders like depression

At Chiropractic Dubai our doctors see a lot of patients who may have sleep deprivation due to back pain, joint pain, injury, busy lifestyles, stress or improper sleep posture. If you have any health problems and are looking for a natural and positive way to solve it call our clinic, we have Chiropractic doctors and a Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine, nutritionist, physiotherapists, massage therapists. Our team help treat a whole variety of problems call Tel: 043481166 to book an appointment. Or for more information visit our website: