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Study Shows Youth with Type 1 Diabetes May Have Difficulty Sleeping

Michelle M. Perfect, Ph.D., ( of the University of Arizona and colleagues tracked the sleep health of 50 patients aged 10 to 16 years, with T1DM (type 1 diabetes mellitus).

Researchers found that most young patients with T1DM spent about 21 minutes (5 percent) less in deep sleep during a seven-hour period than individuals without diabetes. Even those with mild sleep issues experienced:

  • More hyperglycemia and emotional behavioral difficulties
  • Lower grades
  • Depression
  • Sleep-wake behavior problems
  • Sleepiness

The researchers suggested that, due to these findings, clinician awareness of potential sleep problems for these individuals could help them improve their quality of life. Being aware that T1DM may affect sleepiness, behavioral issues or poor school performance, may help school-based professionals understand these youths’ needs more.

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