Sleep biosignature of Type 2 diabetes: a case–control study

A. Lecube, O. Romero, G. Sampol, O. Mestre, A. Ciudin, E. Sánchez, C. Hernández, A. Caixàs, L. Vigil, R. Simó

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© 2016 Diabetes UK Aim: To determine whether or not the sleep disturbances associated with Type 2 diabetes affect the structure of sleep. Methods: We designed a case–control study in 76 patients with Type 2 diabetes and 76 control subjects without Type 2 diabetes, matched by age, gender, BMI and waist and neck circumferences. A subgroup of 32 patients with Type 2 diabetes was also matched with 64 control subjects without Type 2 diabetes according to apnoea-hypopnoea index score. Examination included an overnight full polysomnography. Results: No differences in the percentage of time spent in either rapid eye movement or non-rapid eye movement sleep were observed between groups; however, patients with Type 2 diabetes had more microarousal events during sleep than control subjects [41.4 (total range 4.0–104.4) vs 20.7 (total range 1.3–94.5) events/h; P < 0.001]. These differences were mainly observed during the non-rapid eye movement sleep [7.4 (total range 0–107.2) vs 0.2 (total range 0–65.2) events/h; P < 0.001]. In addition, sleep variables related to oxygen saturation measures, such as the percentage of time spent with oxygen saturation ≤90%, were significantly greater during the rapid eye movement sleep in patients with Type 2 diabetes [20.3 (total range 0–99.2) vs. 10.5 (total range 0–94.0)%; P = 0.047]. This pattern was maintained in the subgroup of patients matched by apnoea-hypopnaea index. Finally, stepwise regression analyses showed that apnoea-hypopnoea index, the presence of Type 2 diabetes and fasting plasma glucose value were independently associated with the number of microarousals (R2=0.667). Conclusions: Type 2 diabetes is associated with an altered sleep structure, with different effects according to rapid eye movement (increase in nocturnal hypoxia) or non-rapid eye movement (increase in sleep fragmentation) sleep.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-85
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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