The price for all sleeplessness goes way beyond feeling groggy instead of energetic in the morning. Sleep problems are deeply connected with insulin resistance, high blood sugar that leads straight to weight gain. Lack of sleep is guaranteed to raise your stress levels during the day. It's really tough staying calm and centered when a tired mind meets an emotional challenge in your day.
Wake Up the Same Time Each Day. A regular sleep schedule is critical to keeping insomnia at bay.
Be aware of Sunday Night Insomnia…Staying up late on Friday and Saturday nights can really upset your biological clocks..Strange how something small like this can become a major player for diabetics.
Get Exercise Each Day- Physical activity improves sleep as powerful sleeping pills and better for you in so many ways.
Allow at least three hours between bedtime and dinner. Remember the old saying "Eat like a King at Breakfast, a Prince at Lunch and a Pauper at dinner." You can not go to sleep on a full stomach.
Winddown an hour before turning in. Relax your body so your mind knows sleep is next on your agenda.
Get up from bed if you can not go to sleep, no sense being frusterated.
Cut out caffine at dinner or later. Did you know caffine blocks the action of a sleep inducing brain chemical called adenosine. It usually takes several hours for your body to metabolize just half the caffine in your cup of tea or coffee.
Take Sleep Apnea Seriously - If you wake in the morning feeling tired, irritable, sad, forgetful, headachy there's a good chance you have sleep apnea and this includes a lot of diabetics. Symptoms are: Snore loudly, Have a Big Neck, You wake frequently for bathroom breaks, you sleep 8-9 hrs and still feel sleepy, Lose Weight…
So, trouble sleeping? Check your blood sugar more often. High or low blood sugar can affect sleep quality. IF YOU ARE UP around 3 a.m., why not check and if BG is normal, great; if low, it might explain why you are waking up and possibily need a snack before bedtime, talk with your dr, if this appears to be an ongoing problem. I think we all would agree, Sleep is Precious!!
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