We’ve seen over the years plenty of research investigating the benefits of hypoxia on those with Type II diabetes. For example, we’ve seen the impacts of continuous hypoxic exposure on glucose control in people with Type II diabetes; the beneficial impact that the inclusion of intermittent hypoxic exposure in a diabetes control program can have; and how exercise at altitude can benefit those with the condition over and above exercise at sea level.
Now, researchers at Portsmouth University have begun to investigate the potential utility of sleeping at altitude for patients with Type II diabetes. Specifically, they will be investigating how sleeping at altitude might benefit glucose control in these people, as well as the potential impact on weight loss while sleeping at altitude. Participants will sleep in an altitude tent for a 10 day period, with key health markers measured before and after.
Previous research has shown that sleeping at altitude can be useful in the battle against type II diabetes, but the researchers in this study are hoping to gain a clearer understanding of the underlying mechanisms behind the improved outcomes, which they say are likely to be related to increased calorie burn overnight, as well as suppression of hunger hormones during the day, to affect overall energy balance.
Although this particular study is still in it’s early stages, we will be sure to update the research blog when the data are available! For now, you can read the full press release online here, or get in touch with the team to learn more about sleepig at altitude.