Sleeping odd, inconsistent hours raises your risk of obesity and high blood pressure

A recent article published on Daily Mail by Natalie Rahhal highlights a suggestion that: “Sleeping odd, inconsistent hours raises your risks of obesity and high blood pressure by 27% study suggests”.  She also highlights:

  • In recent years, the close link between sleep and the metabolic link has become increasingly clear 
  • We know that those who don’t get enough sleep have hormonal imbalances that drive them to eat more unhealthy foods 
  • New research from Brigham and Women’s General Hospital suggests that, even if you sleep enough, but do so on an irregular schedule, it can alter metabolism
  • People whose sleep schedules shift an hour or more a night are at 27% greater risk for hypertension, high blood sugar, obesity and other metabolic disorders

We have often known of the connections to sleep disorders and their connection to these problems, but this article suggests “timing” is everything.  Without enough sleep to afford proper release of balanced insulin levels, glucose runs amuck.  In fact, this article reviewing a research study suggest:

They found that ‘every one-hour night-to-night difference in the time to bed or the duration of a night’s sleep multiplies the adverse metabolic effect,’ said study co-author and epidemiologist Dr Tianyi Huang.

Every hour of inconsistency in a sleep schedule was linked to a 27 percent higher risk of a metabolic problem.

In fact, if someone was tucking themselves in and rising at variable times early on in the study, they were more likely to develop high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity or another disorder down the road.

Now more than ever it is imperative to look deeply into your sleep habits.

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