There is still much to learn about our body’s sleep functions and the relationship to diabetes.  But what we do know is there is a growing amount of evidence that sleep plays a significant role in determining risk for diabetes.  Recent studies have shown:

* Poor sleep is linked to insulin resistance and weight gain in healthy adults.

* Sleeping fewer that 6 hours a night increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabites.  Sleeping less than 5 hours elevates the risk of diabetes even more.

* Just one night of sleeping only 4 hours can trigger insulin  resistance.

If you or your bed partner is having trouble getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep because of snoring or sleep apnea arousals, Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox has a sleep solution for you.  We have successfully treated dozens of Phoenix and Scottsdale patients with oral appliances to control their snoring and sleep apnea and enable them and their bed partners to get a better nights sleep.  They also can be a great adjunct to your health if you have tried and failed with CPAP like many have.

For more information about dental sleep solutions for you and your bed partner in Phoenix and Glendale, visit www.DesertSmiles.com.

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