The Diabetes and Sleep Connection
Too little sleep can raise your diabetes risk. If you already have diabetes, sleep loss can undermine blood sugar control.
5. Watch What You Consume.
A light snack or glass of milk before bedtime is fine. But avoid large meals
within two hours of bedtime because they can cause indigestion. Too many fluids
before bedtime can interrupt your sleep with the need to urinate.
Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants that can disrupt sleep. Avoid caffeine,
an ingredient in coffee, tea, chocolate and colas, for 6-8 hours before
bedtime. Smoking before bedtime can make it harder for you to fall asleep.
While many people consider alcohol a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep.
6. Seek Professional Help If You Need It.
How much sleep you get is important, but so is the quality. While everyone
has trouble sleeping on occasion, you may need to consult your doctor or a
sleep specialist about a possible sleep disorder if you have:
- Regular difficulty with sleeping.
- Tiredness during the day even if you've slept at least 7 hours.
- Trouble performing daily activities.
A common and potentially serious disorder called sleep apnea can increase
risk of diabetes, if untreated. With sleep apnea, your breathing stops
repeatedly or becomes very shallow while you're asleep. Levels of oxygen in
your blood may drop. Common symptoms include loud snoring, gasping, or
Because the disorder disrupts your sleep, you may feel very sleepy during
the day. If you have such symptoms, ask your doctor about testing and