Getting Enough Sleep is Key in Controlling Diabetes
We see diabetes patients in our clinic everyday. The most frequently asked question we received from them is “What else can I do, to better control my blood sugar level?”. And so we thought this article might be useful to some of you who have asked such a question before. While diet and exercise are both important, making sure that you’re having enough sleep is just as important.
Research has found that insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Specifically, sleep duration and quality have emerged as predictors of levels of Hemoglobin A1c, an important marker of blood sugar control.
Recent research suggests that optimizing sleep duration and quality may be important means of improving blood sugar control in persons with Type 2 diabetes.
Experts recommend most adults get seven to eight hours of sleep per day, but sleep requirements vary with individuals. If you depend on an alarm clock to wake up, find yourself cranky or forgetful, or rely on caffeine to make it through the day, you’re probably sleep deprived.
Tips for better sleep:
According to The National Sleep Foundation, diabetics should;
- Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
- Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
- Avoid large meals before bedtime
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