If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep During a sequence of time you will feel more tired or frustrated, but in addition, you could subtract years from life expectancy, according to a new
study issued by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Surrey, in the United Kingdom, published in the Journal of Sleep Research.
This new study has also verified that people with diabetes they would still be more affected by lack of sleep. Specifically, people with diabetes who already had frequent problems sleeping had a 87% more likely to die in the next nine years.
To conduct the study the authors analyzed existing data from nearly half a million middle-aged participants in the UK Biobank Study. So far and as the scientific authors of the research have emphasized, this is the first study to examine the effect of the combination of insomnia and diabetes on the risk of mortality.
Sleep disturbances would imply a greater chance of dying
Most of the selected participants had diabetes and, in addition, suffered frequent sleep disturbances. The research concluded that, due to this lack of sleep, they were 87% more likely to die from any cause (such as a traffic accident or a heart attack) during the 8.9 years of study follow-up, compared to the people without diabetes or sleep disturbances.
On the other hand, these people were also 12% more likely to die during this time period than those with diabetes but not frequent sleep disturbances.
In addition, study author Kristen Knutson, associate professor of neurology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has also concluded that “if you don’t have diabetes” but have sleep disturbances, they “continue being associated with a increased risk of dying“, Although emphasizing that” it is greater in the case of diabetics”.
“We already knew that there is a strong relationship between poor sleep and poor health, but this illustrates the problem starkly,” said the study’s first author, Malcolm von Schantz, professor of chronobiology at the University of Surrey.
Do you have sleep problems?
At this point, Professor Knutson recommends ask a question “Very simple” but “very broad”, because it is easy to know if we have sleep problems, but “there are many reasons why one may not sleep well”.
Thus, Kristen Knutson recommends that, if someone suffers sleep disturbances, It is advisable bring it up to a doctor “So I can go deeper.” “Is it just the noise or the light or something more important, like insomnia or sleep apnea? These are the most vulnerable patients who need support, therapy and investigation of their disease ”, emphasizes the professor.
In short, the teacher assures that the question that each one should ask is very simple, because if you find it difficult to sleep at night or you wake up frequently in the middle of the night, the best thing is “start tackling sleep disorders at an earlier age and hopefully mitigate this increased risk of death, “concludes Knutson, in the Journal of Sleep Research.