A new study suggests that when young diabetics sleep poorly, they have a harder time controlling their blood sugar, adversely affecting their academic performance and behavior at school.
“Sleep problems were associated with lower grades, poorer performance on state standardized tests, poor quality of life and abnormalities in daytime behavior,” said Michelle Perfect, principal investigator for the study in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The study was published in the January issue of the peer-reviewed journal SLEEP.
“On the upside, sleep is a potentially modifiable health behavior, so these kids could be helped by a qualified professional to get a better night’s sleep,” Perfect said.
“Sleep apnea and its impact may not be confined to older people with diabetes, we don’t know,” Perfect said. “It’s something that needs to be looked at again.”
Sources: American Academy of Sleep Medicine; January issue of the journal SLEEP
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