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Early Sleep Time is Beneficial for Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests

Jan, 2021

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According to a new collaborative study led by the researchers of University of Leicester and the University of South Australia, have reported to find that people with type 2 diabetes, who prefer to sleep late and get up late exhibit sedentary lifestyle with low intensity of physical activities that further increases health risks.  It is evident from various sources Type 2 diabetes is a global burden of disease, which is the outcome of excessive body weight (obesity) and low physical inactivity and it is also estimated that around 700 million individuals will be suffering from Type 2 diabetes by 2040.

Dr Joseph Henson from the University of Leicester stated, “There is a massive need for large-scale interventions to help people with diabetes initiate, maintain and achieve the benefits of an active lifestyle. For people who prefer to go to bed later and get up later, this is even more important. Exercise plays an important role for people with diabetes, helping maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease.”

In this research study, researchers evaluated 635 patients suffering from type 2 diabetes, who were instructed to wear an accelerometer for seven days. Accelerometer helped researchers to record the time and intensity different physical behaviors that included rest, sleep, and overall physical activity. Researchers observed that around 25% of participants preferred morning chronotypes (wake up early and sleep ealy), 23% preferred evening chronotypes (wake up late and sleep late) and remaining 52% did not have any particular preference. Researchers found an association that indicates the individuals who prefer evening chronotypes are less likely to be active, which further increases health risks.

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