A new study has found that sleep deprivation could lead to the life-threatening disorder.

The research, conducted by the University of Chicago, revealed that poor sleeping patterns can significantly boost the risk of developing diabetes.

Women who suffer from two or more sleep disorders such as difficulty in sleeping, frequent snoring and sleep apnea, are at an increasing risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, indicated the study.

The risk ranges from 47 percent for one sleep disorder to more than four times the risk for four different sleeping problems combined, the study revealed.

Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. A lack of sleep can lead to insulin resistance, which means your body finds it harder to break down sugars. As well as leading to weight gain, when you’re tired, there’s insulin resistance, which means the body can’t break glucose down into energy. If you’re tired and insulin can’t do its job properly, then sugar levels can build to such a point that the insulin could harm the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.