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Type 2 Diabetes - The Link Between Sleep and Blood Sugar Control

by Beverleigh H Piepers

posted in Health and Fitness

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Gestational diabetes, the kind first diagnosed during pregnancy, can have health consequences for both mother and child. Researchers at Magee-Womens Hospital and Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh, and Duke University in Durham, United States, looked at sleep as a possible way to help prevent or control Gestational diabetes.
Their study, reported on in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology in August 2015, included 37 women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes. Participants kept records of their sleep times, and measured their blood sugar readings. It was found the participants who had the lowest amount of sleep, had the highest fasting blood sugar levels as well as the highest blood sugar level one hour after meals. From these results it was concluded short sleep duration was associated with poor blood sugar control in pregnant women newly diagnosed with diabetes. They went on to say diagnosing and treating sleep disorders might be one way to help control blood sugar in women with Gestational diabetes.
The National Sleep Foundation, made up of physicians and researchers from Harvard University and several other educational, health, and research institutions throughout the United States, recommend the following amount of sleep...
  • teenagers 14 to 17 - 8 to 10 hours a night
  • young adults 18 to 24 - 7 to 9 hours a night
  • adults 26 to 64 - 7 to 9 hours a night

The Foundation further recommends using common sense, since some individuals clearly need more sleep than others. If you need...
  • caffeine to help you get through the day,
  • if you get sleepy while driving, or
  • if you feel tired a lot,

getting more sleep could be the remedy. If you feel happy and productive with the number of hours you get, you are probably getting enough sleep. If not, then more sleep might be what you need. If you are getting the recommended amount of sleep and still feeling tired, then a sleep study might be in order. Being obese or experiencing airway closure could be the cause - snoring can sometimes be a sign of airway closure. If the condition is diagnosed, then a machine to help breathing can be used at home.
Sleep is a necessity and should be scheduled like any other daily activity...
  • have nightly habits such as taking a shower or brushing your teeth at the same time every night.
  • evaluate your bedroom for a comfortable temperature without too much noise or light, and make sure your bed is comfortable.
  • carry out your daily exercise routine not too close to bedtime. It's usually recommended you not exercise within three hours of bedtime so you have sufficient time to wind down.
  • cut down on caffeine and alcohol and turn off your computer and telephone before bedtime.

Here's to a good night's sleep.
About the Author: Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to to learn about some of those secrets.
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