Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but this seemingly basic activity can be difficult with diabetes. When your blood sugar is really high, your body will try to get rid of that excess sugar by urinating. Getting enough quality sleep can be difficult when you’re constantly getting up to go to the bathroom, but it’s also super important if you want to get your blood sugars under control.

Studies show that the body with no sleep mimics the body in a state of insulin resistance, meaning that sleep deprivation increases your risk of insulin deficiencies. It’s also been shown that when a person doesn’t get a good night’s sleep, the body is programmed to eat more than usual to try and make up for lost energy. It doesn’t help that the foods you crave when you’re sleep-deprived tend to be higher in sugar and other products that can, in turn, spike blood sugar levels.

A few things to try: 

01 Move

Try to move more throughout the day. This can make it easier to get to sleep when bedtime rolls around. Start with Tiny Steps. A walk around the block, for example, can be a great way to start the day. Small successes can add up to meaningful results.

02 Keep an Eye on Snacking

Minimize late-night snacking. If you’re hungry after dinner, go for fresh veggies or a few apple slices with nut butter.

03 Put the Screens to Bed

Make the hour before bedtime screen-free: the artificial light is triggering wakefulness, interfering with your natural knowledge that it’s time for slumber. Replace television or computer time with a conversation, a journal, or a good book.


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