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Harvard Med - Sleep and Health

Not getting enough sleep alters insulin resistance, which is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and that can be very quickly induced by a single night's total sleep loss.

Dr. Ann E. Rogers


The Takeaway

  • It can be tempting to trade sleep for a few precious hours of wakefulness, but it is important to consider the hidden costs. Sleep is precious, too.

  • Numerous studies have found that insufficient sleep increases a person's risk of developing serious medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

  • Lack of adequate sleep over time has been associated with a shortened lifespan.

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Source: https://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/health

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