The lack of sleep has always been associated with health problems but it could be especially harmful to people suffering from diabetes, as increase their risk of death, according to a report published Tuesday in the journal Journal of Sleep Research.
The study determined that diabetes patients who experience difficulty sleeping have a probability of dying from different causes (heart attack, car accident ...) that is 87% higher than that of people who do not have diabetes or lack of sleep.
Researchers from two universities in the United Kingdom and the United States, the University of Surrey and Northwestern University, studied the sleep patterns of half a million adults for nine years.
The study also found that people with diabetes and difficulty sleeping were 12% more likely to die than those who were only diabetic.
If you don't have diabetes, your sleep disturbances are still associated with an increased risk of death, but it's higher for people with diabetes, said Kristen Knutson, one of the report's authors and a professor of neurology at Feinberg School of Medicine. from Northwestern University.
Experts recommend that medical professionals ask patients if they have difficulty falling asleep or if they wake up in the middle of the night, two signs that will help prevent future complications.
It is a very simple question that you can also ask yourself. But it is very broad and there are many reasons why it is possible that a person is not sleeping well. Therefore, it is important to comment on it so that it can be deepened more, he added Knutson.
Most of the patients had type 2 diabetes, the most common, although there were also people with type 1 diabetes, clarified those responsible for this analysis, a pioneer in linking sleep habits with this medical condition.
The researchers, however, did not identify the individual causes that led to the sleep problems in the participants.