A mountain of research has shown that poor sleep is a catalyst for a variety of serious health problems, including heart disease, cancer, dementia and more. For decades, health experts have known that insufficient sleep also promotes the development of diabetes; however, they aren’t exactly sure why. Now, a new study appears to shine light on this complicated issue, which may center on chemical imbalances.


A study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that low melatonin levels may increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the research involved a long-term comparison between 370 female diabetics and 370 healthy women. Ultimately, the researchers found that low melatonin levels double a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even after they adjusted their data for other risk factors, such as exercise, diet and smoking.

Big Implications

While health professionals already knew that long-term sleep deprivation increased a person’s risk for health problems this new study is the first to establish a connection between type 2 diabetes risk and nocturnal melatonin secretion. From a scientist’s point of view, the data raises interesting new questions about melatonin’s complex role in the body. Sadly, from a sleep apneic’s point of view, this study is just another terrifying reminder of what poor sleep may be doing to his or her body.

Time to Wake Up

Every day, it seems that researchers establish a new disturbing connection between inadequate sleep and deadly health problems. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it’s time to wake up and pay attention to the mountain of evidence which clearly shows that you are at risk.

When it comes to improving your health to promote a longer, happier life; getting more sleep is the name of the game. For a sleep apnea treatment that will end the breathing disruptions which keep you awake at night, contact Dr. Siegel’s office. Don’t wait until it’s too late; reach out for help today.