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Quality Sleep For People With Diabetes

Diabetes is an enormously challenging condition that requires cautious consideration in everything whatever you do. The people who suffer from diabetes have to assert with keeping a close check on their blood sugar levels using a glucometer, taking the insulin or medications as prescribed, visiting the doctors regularly and dealing with the diabetes management when it comes to food or physical activity. Besides these, everyone in today’s time is busy as he or she wither is working, enrolled in college or school, or are stuck in family responsibilities just like everyone else.

It is no wonder if sleep usually gets ignored as a priority for something else by the diabetics. If you are finding it difficult to get up in the morning, or feeling exhausted throughout the day, the reason is not always your diabetes alone. The people are into a habit of getting less sleep these days. They fail to understand the consequences of inadequate sleep. Poor sleep is associated with:

  • Consumption of more calories. Sleep is known to have a great impact on the hormones that are responsible for appetite regulation, making us eat more when we sleep less.
  • Higher probability of putting on weight.
  • Damaged brain functions. When we take less sleep, this affects our concentration, output, and performance.
  • Lowered insulin sensitivity and unfavorable effects on your blood glucose levels.
  • Higher chances of depression.

On the contrary, the good news is that improving the quality of sleep fetches benefits to people with diabetes. Here are a few tips for you:

  • Try not to Eat anything 3 to 4 hours before going to Bed

Try to have your last meal in any case 3 to 4 hours before you sleep. This gives ample time for your food digestion, and any rapid-acting insulin to move out of your system if any.  

  • Fix your Sleeping Time and Wake Up Time

A majority of the adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep during the nights, but most of these are either getting too much sleep or inadequate sleep. Fixing your bedtime and waking up at the fixed time each morning can really help. This will adjust your body clock accordingly and leave you more energized in the mornings.

  • Form a Bedtime Routine

Building a bedtime routine helps you in falling asleep more quickly. It is advisable to disconnect yourselves from the devices an hour before going to bed. Dim the lights on time and will be asleep in no time.

You are advised to consult your doctor if you are facing constant sleep problems. This is because you will find difficulty in carrying out your daily chores.

This way you can set a sleeping pattern for yourself and most importantly, you will sleep on time.

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4 comments

  1. Having diabetes & Bp. Stressful How I can manege

    • Hello Mr.Thangavelan,

      Diabetes & BP both are affected with lifestyle thus it requires lifestyle modification to manage it.
      Diet, physical activity and stress level management plays an important role in controlling the condition. In diet one needs to limit the intake of refined cereals, fried food, sugar containing products and excess of salt . Be physically active and manage stress level.

      Hope this helps.
      For further assistance, we suggest you get in touch with a diabetes educator who can proactively assist you in managing diabetes and related complications.

      If you could share your contact details with us, we can get someone to get in touch with you immediately.

      Sincerely
      Team BeatO

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