Diabetes and sleep are closely related, and the relationship between them is a two way street. In other words, diabetes may lead to issues with sleep, but sleep disorders can also lead to diabetes. Below is a closer look at this intricate relationship and some ways to reduce the health risks that may result from it.
Poor sleep and diabetes risk
If you have a preexisting sleep condition like insomnia or sleep apnea, you may be at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. When your body is lacking quality sleep, you might crave more sugary, fatty foods to give you a quick fix of energy. These cravings paired with slower metabolism resulting from sleep deprivation can cause you to gain weight as your body develops a resistance to insulin, which leads to diabetes.
Diabetes creating sleep problems
Living with diabetes creates a number of health problems including poor sleep, especially if your condition is not properly managed. Patients with diabetes are much more likely to develop sleep apnea, which can further disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Even if sleep apnea does not become a problem, diabetes can prevent you from even getting to sleep at night, because the body’s internal clock is closely tied to bodily functions such as glucose metabolism.
Preventing the problem from both sides
Whether you are already living with diabetes or you have a higher risk because of poor sleep, you can improve your health with natural solutions that will allow you to rest easier. First, you should focus on eating a balanced, nutritious diet low in processed foods to give your body the energy it needs during the day and boost your metabolism. To help your internal clock recognize when it is time to sleep, you might start exercising every day so that you are able to get more fulfilling rest later on.
For a clinical approach to improving sleep when you have diabetes, consult Dr. Rosenberg at Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff. You can make an appointment to discuss the quality of your sleep by visiting our website today.