Sweet dreams are made of these…

It’s not just diet, genes and exercise that have an impact on whether or not you acquire Type 2 Diabetes, according to researchers at Columbia University, sleep duration might also play a factor.

According to an article posted this week on Medical News Today, if you sleep for too long or too short, you can potentially increase your risks of acquiring diabetes. This is bad news for stressed out moms and melancholy teenagers alike.

The article suggests that on average, most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well-rested. Adolescents should sleep about nine hours a night, school-aged children between 10-11 hours a night and children in pre-school between 11-13 hours a night.

 Here are some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep:

– Follow a consistent bedtime routine.
– Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime.
– Get a full night’s sleep every night.
– Avoid foods or drinks that contain caffeine, as well as any medicine that has a stimulant, prior to bedtime.
– Do not go to bed hungry, but don’t eat a big meal before bedtime either.
– Avoid any rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime
– Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool.
– Get up at the same time every morning.

Read the whole article.

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