Diabetes And Sleep:
Preserve Good Diabetic Health
Through Daily Rest and Recuperation
Most diabetics just do not understand the importance of diabetes and sleep to retain their good diabetic health. Although sleep is important to everyone's health, to the diabetic it can also be a life-giving bodily function.
Seven to eight hours of sleep per night is requested by the medical community for all of the population. Many people fall very short of these levels though on a daily basis.
Without these numbers, up to 50% of your memory skills and attention span is lost, increased moodiness and depression is prevalent, but most important is your increase in insulin resistance. Having diabetes and sleep, whether its irregular or non-existent sleep cycles, raises your blood sugars and makes the job of effective control almost impossible, even with medication.
A vicious cycle has just been set up. Lack of sleep starts with insulin resistance thus uncontrolled blood sugars. This then leads to more more frequent and more severe diabetic complications.
Common Factors Which Render Lack Of Sleep
There is five major conditions which leads to us getting ineffective sleep. Any of these three in combination or by themselves will affect diabetes and sleep cycles.
- Change in your normal sleep patterns -this can relate to anything which disrupts your body's normal routine. Going to bed later, longer intervals till falling asleep, restlessness or waking up frequently during the night, unusual sounds or odors which are pulling you out of sleep, anything which causes you to spend all or some of your night waiting and wishing for sleep.
- Medications -many heart medicines, allergy meds or blood pressure medications will affect your sleep cycle
- Obesity, arthritis and diabetes are all linked to poor sleep
- Taking a long nap during the daytime will affect your night time sleep
- Becoming dependent on sleeping pills eventually leads to insomnia, moodiness, irritability and depression
So for effective control of both diabetes and sleep cycles, make it a priority by setting up a nightly bedtime routine which you consistently follow. Take a relaxing bath, brush your teeth, change into your pajamas and be in bed at least 7-8 hours before you must start your next day's routine.
By following a consistent schedule of the same time to bed and the same to rise in the AM, you automatically train your inner sleep cycle to want to sleep and want to rise on a repeating cycle each and every day.
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