Public health experts say integrating sleep, exercise and nutrition into the management of chronic diseases like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and several types of cancer could help reduce their development and progression.
The researcher, Sandra Marques with Clinica Lusiadas Almada in Portugal, noted that treating sleep as a priority, rather than a luxury, could be an important step in preventing a number of chronic medical and mental conditions, adding that implementing a holistic approach is necessary for managing the health of such patients.
She said insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
another public health expert, Dr. Onose Callima-Inino, said lack of sleep can worsen or make a person more susceptible to certain chronic diseases.
She added that sugar level may be increased, more often than not by stress.