THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY – Connection Between Diabetes and Sleep…!!
Hello everyone! My name is Dr. B Jagadish and I am a Diabetes Wellbeing Coach. Today, I want to talk to you about the connection between diabetes and sleep.
As a diabetes patient, it is important to understand the link between your blood sugar levels and the quality of your sleep. Poor sleep can lead to higher blood sugar levels and poor blood sugar control, while good sleep can help to improve blood sugar control.
One of the main reasons for this connection is the effect that sleep has on the production of hormones in the body. When we sleep, our bodies release less of the hormone cortisol, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels. On the other hand, when we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies release more cortisol, which can lead to higher blood sugar levels.
Additionally, poor sleep can also lead to an increase in appetite and cravings for unhealthy foods, which can contribute to poor blood sugar control. Getting enough sleep can help to regulate appetite and make it easier to make healthier food choices.
So, how can you improve your sleep if you have diabetes? Here are a few tips:
Stick to a consistent sleep schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day can help to regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
Create a sleep-friendly environment: Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows, and consider using a white noise machine to help drown out any external distractions.
Avoid stimulants before bed: Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can all disrupt your sleep. Try to avoid consuming these substances in the hours leading up to bedtime.
Practice relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can all help to relax your body and mind, making it easier to fall asleep.
By following these tips and working with your healthcare team, you can improve your sleep and help to better manage your diabetes. Remember, getting enough sleep is an important part of overall health and well-being, so prioritize it and make it a priority in your daily routine.
I hope this information was helpful and gives you a better understanding of the connection between diabetes and sleep. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your healthcare team.
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