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Can Poor Sleep Be a Cause Of Diabetes?

May 6, 2023 | Written by SleepyCat Team

Did you know that India has the world’s highest diabetic population with over 77 million people? Many of us are either on the verge of diabetes or already have it without even being aware of it. But did you know that poor sleep could be a potential cause of diabetes? That’s right, research has shown a strong link between sleep deprivation and the development of this chronic disease. In this blog post, we’ll explore the connection between poor sleep and diabetes, and how you can improve your sleep habits to reduce the risk of developing this condition. So, grab a cup of coffee (or maybe some chamomile tea), and dive into the fascinating relationship between sleep and diabetes. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that people who slept for less than six hours per night had a 50% higher risk of developing diabetes than those who slept for 7-8 hours per night. Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that people who had disrupted sleep patterns had higher blood sugar levels and were more insulin resistant than those who slept well.

The reasons behind the link between poor sleep and diabetes are still not fully understood, but researchers have proposed several mechanisms. One possibility is that sleepdeprivation can disrupt the body’s regulation of glucose metabolism, leading to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels. Another theory is that poor sleep quality can lead to increased levels of stress hormones like cortisol, which can impair glucose regulation and contribute to insulin resistance.

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Another sleep disorder that has been linked to diabetes is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, leading to drops in oxygen levels and frequent awakenings. Studies have found that people with sleep apnea are more likely to develop diabetes, and those with diabetes are more likely to have sleep apnea. The reasons for this association are not entirely clear, but one possibility is that sleep apnea can lead to the release of stress hormones, which can impair glucose regulation.

Tips for Improving Sleep Quality

If you’re struggling with poor sleep quality, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips:

Stick to a regular sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Say goodbye to restless nights and hello to sweet dreams with the Sleepycat cuddle pillow – your new sleep companion for a cozy and consistent sleep schedule.

Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Take a warm bath, read a book, or listen to calming music before bed to help you relax. For further relaxation, you can wrap yourself in the Sleepycat weighted blanket and feel the weight of the day melt away as you drift off into a peaceful slumber.

Make sure your bedroom is comfortable: Your bedroom should be cool, dark, and quiet, with a comfortable mattress and pillows. At SleepyCat we help you to choose from a range of pillows and mattresses to enhance your sleeping experience. Sleepycat mattresses are made of high-quality materials, such as high-density foam, latex, and pocket springs, providing excellent support to your body. They’re also designed to regulate temperature, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night. Sleepycat pillows come in a range of styles and materials, such as memory foam and microfiber, contouring your neck and head to provide maximum support and comfort. We also offer cooling options, ensuring that you don’t overheat during the night.

Limit screen time before bed: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine: These substances can interfere with sleep and make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.



In conclusion, poor sleep can indeed be a cause of diabetes, and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. Don’t let a bad mattress or uncomfortable pillows stand in the way of your health and well-being. With Sleepycat, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting the best possible sleep experience. Their top-quality mattresses and pillows are designed to provide optimal comfort and support, ensuring that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Don’t wait any longer to invest in your sleep health – head over to Sleepycat today and see the difference for yourself!


Credit Source: Sleep duration and risk of type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of prospective studies – PubMed (

The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism (

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