Does sleep duration, napping, and social jetlag predict hemoglobin A1c among college students with type 1 diabetes mellitus?

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Feb 24, 2019

Saylor J, et al. - In emerging young adults (EYAs) with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) between the ages of 18 and 25 who live on a college campus, researchers investigated the correlation between sleep behaviors (duration, napping, and social jetlag) and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), as well as any gender differences in glucose management, sleep behaviors, intake of caffeine and nighttime technology in this cross-sectional study. Participants completed surveys about diabetes management, caffeine intake, nighttime technology use, and sleep-related behaviors using Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap). According to findings, college EYAs with T1DM who were nappers and had a longer length of sleep had higher levels of HbA1c. Data revealed a longer sleep duration and lower HbA1c levels were seen in males vs females. Nappers had a higher HbA1c level vs non-nappers. Investigators suggested that changing sleep behaviors can be an appropriate objective for improving glycemic control.

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