Are You Lucky and Get 7-8 Hours of SLEEP a Night?????

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-12-23 23:59:30 -0600
Started 2011-12-14 18:35:04 -0600

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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annesmith 2011-12-23 23:59:30 -0600 Report

I am SO glad you wrote about sleep. I had bad insomnia every single month, twice a month for a whole 2 years. It was awful. I gradually , ever so gradually tracked down my problem—in my case, it was : I was not eating enough at night—I was usually eating no supper or very little, I was not paying enough attention to what my body was craving, so I added spices that are not full of salt to my food, when my blood sugar was off it was WAY off—it was either way too low or seriously high, I would not get up when I could not sleep—I'd toss and turn for hours, I was dehydrated along with low blood sugar several times—I stopped that altogether by making sure I eat supper about 3 4 hours before I go to bed. Also, BIG big thing I noticed, which I will definitely tell my new doctor: GARLIC helps me sleep—so does pasta—-I was eating no pasta at ALL for years. I also found more recently my body is WAY low on vitamin C—-seriously low—-2 night ago, I wanted ORANGES SO bad, I went into the refrigerator and ate 3 of them…I also was very very NUMB to how bad I felt before I ate the oranges—-I felt like a brand new person after eating them, and was ASTOUNDED at the difference from before I ate them to after I ate them. For some reason or another, I keep running low on vitamin C. I found out 2 years ago my body does not produce enough Melatonin, something we need for sleep, so I take 3mg of Melatonin every night before I go to bed. Seriously, the oranges I have been craving is extreme, kind of humorous in a way. But, I will make a big NOTE for that to my new doctor—-something is wrong when I'm eating 3 at a time—ha, ha…I have noticed I have to be VERY careful, though, that I continue to follow all of this—it's quite a bit—ha, ha…ANNE

jayabee52 2011-12-15 01:21:48 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Mary! Great reminders.

Living alone and not working due to disability, I seem to keep irregular hours for sleep. A lot of nights when I try to go to sleep I find I stay awake instead, and I follow the suggestion in your post to get up. That's why people see me on the discussion boards at all hours of the day and night. Sometimes it seems I have my days and nights reversed.

Thank you for sharing that. I just need to somehow reset my biological clock.

Christmas blessings to you and yours