Scientists have long been debating the link between sleep and diabetes, with many studies showing that a lack of rest can lead to the onset of the condition.

Experts from Boston University, for example, found that regularly having less than five hours in bed can double the risk of suffering from diabetes.

This is believed to be triggered by disruption to the body's circadian rhythm, which regulates sleep and wake cycles, reveals the Daily Mail.

Another study from Yale University determined that sleep apnoea may be linked to diabetes, perhaps because the closing of the airways increases cortisol in the body that drives up glucose levels.

Earlier this month, scientists at the University of Arizona explained how essential it is for kids to get enough rest.

Poor sleeping habits were found to make it difficult for youngsters with Type 1 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.

Posted by Michael Ewing