*information obtained from African-American Healthy by Richard Walker Jr, M.D
Although diet and exercise are very important elements in the achievement of a desirable body weight and healthy/normal blood sugar level. Sleep appears to be heavily involved in the equations as well.
DID YOU KNOW: Sleep deprivation has been linked to insulin resistance and even obesity, with research suggesting that people who get less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night show an increased risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.
There appears to be a strong link between sleep and your body’s control of glucose. An insufficient amount of sleep disrupts the normal regulation of blood sugar levels that occurs during the normal regulation of blood sugar levels that occurs during the stages of rest. Sleep also helps you maintain an appropriate weight by increasing your body’s production of the protein hormone leptin, which suppresses appetite, and decreasing production of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. This is usually why people who get inadequate sleep tend to likely be overweight.