DID YOU KNOW THAT SLEEP LOSS MAY LEAD TO HIGHER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS?
Sleep loss is associated with “insulin resistance.” Insulin is a hormone that helps lower blood sugar. Insulin resistance is a condition where the body is not able to use insulin properly – this can lead to higher blood sugars.
Lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk for diabetes. Frequent sleep loss is also associated with higher risk for obesity, heart disease, blood pressure and stroke. If someone already has diabetes, constant lack of sleep may worsen diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE WITH DIABETES HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF SLEEP DISORDERS?
Many people with diabetes suffer from sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
People with type 2 diabetes have a 50-50 chance of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a breathing disorder where the airway is blocked when the mouth and throat relax during sleep. This can happen many times during sleep causing pauses in breathing that can last more than 10 seconds. Other risk factors for OSA are smoking or being overweight. OSA can worsen diabetes symptoms and is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Snoring can be a sign of OSA. Losing weight can help resolve OSA.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) has been associated with high blood sugars and kidney problems, among other things. With RLS the person has an uncontrollable urge to move the legs before falling asleep. Other symptoms can include a throbbing, pulling, crawling or tingling sensation. These painful sensations can keep the person from a restful sleep.
Although not a sleep disorder, diabetic neuropathy can also cause a person to lose sleep. Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur with diabetes. With peripheral neuropathy, the most common type, people may feel numbness or a tingling and burning sensation that is worse at night.