Health & Medical Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Getting the Sleep You Need?

Sleep has a strong impact on the health of a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Exercise, diet, blood sugar testing...
and sleep.
Lack of sleep can not only drain your energy and motivation to stick with your healthy living program, but can affect your hormones and actually promote insulin resistance, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
If you want to promote optimal health, one thing you must be doing is tending to your sleep each night.
Make no mistake about it, lack of sleep will contribute to several health problems...
now or down the road.
Those who aren't sleeping sufficiently are more likely to suffer from...
  • depression,
  • fat gain especially around the mid-section,
  • heart disease, and
  • even stroke.
There's no denying the fact if you aim to be healthy, getting regular sleep is a must.
But, what if you try to sleep, but can't? You're making every effort to go to bed earlier but try as you might, you just cannot fall into a restful slumber.
Let's look at some of the common sleep problems and what you can do to overcome them...
Tossing And Turning.
If tossing and turning is what's keeping you awake, it might be time to consider putting meditation to use.
Mediation will help you clear away those racing thoughts, helping you fall deeper and faster to sleep.
Some people will also find writing their stressors down - and possibly writing out potential solutions to them will help them fall asleep faster and more easily.
Learn what works for you and then implement that strategy regularly.
A Snoring Partner.
In other cases, it isn't you that's the problem...
it's your partner.
If your partner snores, gets up regularly throughout the night, or just moves around a great deal, this could be causing you to awake easily.
The solution? Consider separate beds.
While it may not be the most romantic of options, if it puts you both in a better mood during the day due to better quality sleep, you'll find your relationship improves, not the other way around.
Separate sleeping arrangements are becoming far more common, so it's something to definitely consider.
Waking Up Throughout The Night.
If you find you are constantly waking throughout the night, you may want to consider a check-up with your doctor.
It could be a more serious medical condition causing this, a condition such as sleep apnea, so you'll need to have your nighttime waking checked out.
Likewise, if you are constantly waking to get up and use the washroom, you may want to look into whether a medical issue may be linked to this.
Finding out what's triggering your sleep problems and then putting steps in place to overcome those will be critical to optimizing your health.
It's not just the lack of sleep that increase the risk of diabetes, it's the quality of the sleep you get too.
What have you done to improve your sleep lately?

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