In new research from
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Orfeu Buxton, PhD, Gail
Adler, MD, PhD and colleagues find that an insufficient amount of sleep causes
insulin resistance in healthy young men. These findings are published
online in Diabetes.
In the 21st century people sleep about 1 1/2 hours less per night than their
grandparents did. In this study, researchers found that reducing sleep to
hours per night for one week decreased the ability of insulin to work properly
in healthy young men. Insufficient sleep has been associated with
risk of obesity and other cardiac diseases in previous research. The new
provides one possible mechanism for this increased risk, because when sleep is
restricted, fuel is processed differently by the body.