The Link Between Diabetes and Lack of Sleep

diabetes and lack of sleepNo one is happy when they do not get a good night sleep. We tend to be grouchy and irritable and when you combine that with diabetes it just makes the situation even more dire. Although lack of sleep is associated with diabetes it is also linked to being a contributing cause of diabetes as well. One reason for not getting enough sleep is if you are getting up and going to the bathroom more often in the middle of the night. When your blood sugar is too high your kidneys are going to work overtime to get it out of the body and that means that you are going to urinate more often.

Another concern for those with diabetes that have lack of sleep is that they are most likely more tired during the day. This means that they may eat more in order to try and get the energy that they are lacking. Of course the wrong foods can become very easy to eat such as sugary snacks which of course will lead to high blood sugar. By trying to get your blood sugar under control and sleeping better at night you have a better chance of getting a great night’s sleep and waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and energized.

It has been shown that when you do not get the right amount of deep peaceful sleep that your body needs each night it can actually lead to pre-diabetes. The reason behind this is that your body may see the lack of sleep as insulin resistance which can bring on high blood sugar levels. If the body does not think that it is doing its job correctly it tries to make up for it which means it may start to produce too much insulin which can lead to other conditions as well such as problems with your heart, nerves, eyes and your kidneys. Studies have also shown that those who do not get enough sleep are often overweight and that is a major contributor to a patient developing diabetes. Eating right and losing the weight can help.

Of course those that are overweight are not only at risk for diabetes they are also at a higher risk for sleep apnea. If you have a combination of all three it is important to notify your doctor. It comes down to being able to get a good night’s sleep to help keep your blood sugar levels where they need to be and to try and avoid health concerns. One great way to be able to do this is to eat properly and also get the right amount of exercise. The amount of sleep that you need is going to vary from person to person. However, if you find that you are hitting the alarm clock over and over again in the morning; chances are you are not getting enough. If you are someone that wakes up before it even goes off you most likely had a great night’s sleep

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