Arnold Schwarzenegger Unearths Yet Another Negative Effect of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Published 04/22/2024, 1:15 AM EDT

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One might think that if he’s eating a healthy diet, he’s far from any danger, but what if the goat of the bodybuilding world and the seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger drop some truth bombs on the topic? Known for sharing evidence-based research, Arnie is back again with an eye-opening study that may blow your mind away and make you rethink your decisions. 

In his daily newsletter, Arnold’s Pump Club, the Austrian Oak shared that sleep deprivation may lead to diabetic diseases. He shared research that highlights that eating a healthy diet and not getting enough sleep increase the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. He was quoted as saying, “People love saying you “can’t out-train a bad diet. But you might also be unable to out-eat a bad sleep schedule.”

The study was performed on nearly 250,000 people for over ten years. Scientists analyzed the behavior of the people, and the outcomes were surprising. “Those who slept less than 6 hours had a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes,” wrote Arnie. There is more to the topic than this.


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The Austrian Oak explained, “But here’s what we found interesting: as you might expect, those with healthier eating habits had a lower likelihood of developing type-2 diabetes. But even those who ate well still were at higher risk for the disease if they slept less than six hours per night. 

A bad sleeping schedule directly affects your insulin sensitivity. Earlier research found that even a single night of bad sleep can affect your insulin and decrease your insulin sensitivity by up to 25 percent. One more study found that if you have a poor sleep schedule for three straight nights, it increases the fatty acid level in your blood. This makes it difficult for insulin to regulate adequate sugar in your blood. 


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Arnie emphasized that anything less than six hours of sleep can lead to diabetes. He also shared that to get any benefits from sleep, one might need seven to 8.5 hours of sleep each night. This is not the first time the Austrian Oak has highlighted the importance of sleep. Earlier, he shared that sleep deprivation can disrupt every aspect of your life. 

Sleeping less than 6 hours can harm your whole body

In a previous edition of his newsletter, the Terminator highlighted that sleep might be more important than your diet and exercise. He wrote, “A lack of sleep can disrupt every aspect of your health.” Getting a good night’s sleep not only keeps you away from diabetic issues but is also beneficial for recovering from your injuries. A good night’s sleep even helps you develop muscles. 


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The Austrian Oak disclosed results from research indicating that one might need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep to stay healthy. Those who sleep less than six hours a day can face severe challenges and may face battles with their bodies. The studies even shed light on the fact that those who slept less increased by 5 pounds on average, and 15% were found to be overweight. 


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After learning the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, will you fix your sleep schedule? Let us know in the comments.


Written by:

Karan Yadav


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Karan Yadav is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. His journey to the bodybuilding realm started during the lockdown, where he found inspiration and dedication from those engaged in the sport. A stickler for fitness tips, Karan keenly follows his idols Chris Bumstead and Mike O’Hearn for covering the information they give out through their social media.
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Arijit Saha