Daily rhythms such as behavior, metabolism and hormone secretions are largely regulated by the circadian system, the 24 hour intervals on which our biological clocks work. Because of this, sleep habits can play a prominent role in diabetes management and control.
In a study performed by a team of researchers from the University of Chicago, a person’s preference for daytime vs. nighttime activities as well as calorie consumption were analyzed in a group of adults with type 2 diabetes.
For several months, the research team assessed the participants' sleep quality, along with other important factors, to determine the role that circadian regulation played in glycemic control or in other words how sleeping habits affected blood sugar levels as a whole. Essentially the results showed that on average, the later that a person slept in, the higher their A1C readings.
This just goes to show that everything can affect diabetes management. We have to try our best to create the healthiest environment for our bodies in order to have the best blood sugar control. You know the old saying, “early to bed, early to rise, keeps a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Those are great words to live by, and apparently they are true according to this study. The better sleeping habits we have, the healthier we can be.