The researcher team considered the sleeping habits of more than 16,480 older people in China. Among them around 68% took regular naps. The researcher observed that napping in the day just once per week increased the possibility of developing the diabetes. Regular nappers are less likely sleepping well at night. The condition is time and again attributed to detrimental lifestyles and being overweight, lack of good night sleep known to be a contributing factor as well.
The researchers said though they took into account some other contributing factors, for example the weight of the subjects, but it is clear; there was an apparent link between sleeping for small periods and type-2 diabetes. Director of research at Diabetes, UK Dr Iain Frame said the new study could be a new step towards explaining the possible link between type-2 diabetes and disturbed sleep patterns. He said “However, in terms of being major risk factors for developing type-2 diabetes, napping or disturbed sleep are likely to remain less significant than already established risk factors such as being overweight, being over at his 40th or having a history of diabetes in the family.”
Dr Shahrad Taheri, from the University of Birmingham said as the amount of patients with type-2 diabetes are increasing; so, they are trying to do something so that they can help the people to prevent from developing the condition.