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In addition to medications, recommendations to improve sleep are:

  • Learn relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Listen to relaxation or nature sound.
  • Get regular exercise, no later than a few hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid or minimize napping
  • Don't use caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine in the evening.
  • Get out of bed and do something in another room when you can't sleep. Go back to bed when you're feeling drowsy.
  • Use the bed only for sleeping and sexual activity. Don't lie in bed to watch TV or read. This way, your bed becomes a cue for sleeping, not for lying awake.
  • Try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a first line treatment for insomnia.

From: Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Medscape: "Expert Column -- Sleep Disorders in Diabetes." Yaggi, H.K. , 2006. Nilsson, P. , 2004. Mallon, L. , 2005.



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SOURCES: Medscape: "Expert Column -- Sleep Disorders in Diabetes." Yaggi, H.K. , 2006. Nilsson, P. , 2004. Mallon, L. , 2005.



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