By Siddhi Jain
March 25, 2020 (IANSlife) Diabetes experts say when we get adequate sleep, we may have an easier time controlling our blood sugar.
Going to bed late, sleeping in, and eating a big dinner are all associated with poorer glycaemic control reveals a new study of 194 patients with Type-2 Diabetes. "High blood sugar levels impact our sleeping habits. Both high and low blood sugar levels interrupt our sleep, hence, leaving us feeling tired the whole day.
"Sleep disturbances are common in people with diabetes mellitus. When compared with nondiabetics, patients with diabetes reported higher rates of insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and unpleasant sensations in the legs that disturb sleep," states Dr Samit Ghosal, Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology, Nightingale Hospital, Kolkata told IANSlife.
He added, "We tend to find ourselves more alert during the day, have more energy, feel less stressed and have a better mindset for monitoring and managing diabetes."
What kind of bodily changes can occur in a diabetic person due to inadequate or interrupted sleep?
When we do not sleep well or feel less comfortable while sleeping, we feel unsettled or irritated the whole day. Our body tends to feel tired, as a result of which we may also suffer from certain sleep disorders like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, etc. Lack of sleep also increases the risk of obesity, which going forward may be a risk factor for Type-2 Diabetes.
People who find it difficult to sleep may relate to the following symptoms:
How can a non-diabetic person leverage the power of sleep to prevent diabetes?
Sleep is important for the restoration and repair of the body at a cellular level. Poor sleep affects the body both directly and indirectly by triggering changes to hormones, leading to weight gain and obesity, and causing changes to behaviour and lifestyle.
A non-diabetic person can follow the below routine to have a better sleep routine:
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