Are you sleeping well?
"It's critical that adults aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night to receive the health benefits of sleep,"[1] said Dr. M. Safwan Badr, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).[2]

In adults age 45 and older, too much sleep (10 or more hours) is linked to coronary heart diseasediabetes and stroke. That’s the result of a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).[3]    According to research presented on June 8, at Sleep 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, individuals sleeping for more than eight hours per night may be particularly vulnerable.[4]

So too is having not enough sleep (six hours or less). Diabetesand sleep problems often go hand in hand. Diabetes can cause sleep loss, and there’s evidence that not sleeping well can increase your risk of developing diabetes.[5] “Any time your blood sugar is really high, your kidneys try to get rid of it by urinating,” says Maarouf, RD, the diabetes education director of the Stark Diabetes Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “So you are probably getting up and going to bathroom all night long - and not sleeping well.”[6]