Sleep and Diabetes

This week has been National Diabetes Awareness Week.

In light of that, we wanted spend a bit of time exploring the connections between diabetes and sleep.

How does diabetes affect sleep?

One out of every two people who suffer from diabetes, also experience sleep problems. These problems usually stem from the instability of their blood sugar levels.

High blood sugar can create issues like insomnia, while low blood sugar can lead to nightmares and other forms of disrupted sleep.

People with diabetes also have a high chance of developing sleep disorders like Restless Legs Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

However, there is no evidence to suggest that poor sleep contributes directly to diabetes. While studies have shown that poor sleep can increase blood sugar levels, there is nothing to indicate a clear link.

How to sleep well with diabetes

Here are three key tips which can help maximise your sleep quality even if you do have diabetes.

1. Healthy diet and exercise

Making sure you have a diet plan that keeps blood sugar levels under control and limits caffeine in the evenings will be very beneficial for your sleep.

Regular exercise, even if it's just a short walk, will also increase sleep quality.

2. Stick to a sleep schedule

Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on your days off.

This helps your body get into a rhythm and allows you to fall asleep more quickly and wake up feeling rested.

3. Create a good sleeping environment

Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and cool. Having the perfect sleeping environment is a great way to achieve optimal sleep.

We hope this article has been informative and helpful.

As always, if you are experiencing daytime tiredness or difficulty falling asleep, please book an appointment with your GP and get in touch with us.

Sleep well, live well.

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