Day 2


When you are not getting enough sleep, you may find that you have a tough time controlling your blood sugar. You’ll be less alert during the day, have less energy, more stress, and this impacts overall mindset for monitoring and managing your diabetes.

Consider what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. In addition to other things that may interfere with your sleep like schedule changes or stress, people with diabetes can have potential complications with sleep. Both high and low blood sugar levels can interrupt your sleep. People with type 2 diabetes who don’t get a good night’s sleep may me more insulin resistant and have a harder time controlling blood sugar levels. Sleep apnea is also common in people with type 2 diabetes, and neuropathy can cause leg pain might keep you awake.

Its important to control these things and get healthy night of rest. Below are some tips for getting to sleep.

8 helpful tips for getting a good night’s sleep

1.      Relax before bedtime. Exercise, chores, errands…have it all finished at least an hour before you go to bed.

2.      Go to bed at the same time every day, even on the weekends, if you can. Try not to take a mid-afternoon nap or a nap late in the day.

3.      Don’t eat a heavy meal right before bedtime, and don’t drink alcohol, energy drinks or foods with caffeine late at night.

4.      In fact, limit all fluids at least an hour before bedtime to avoid waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Use the bathroom right before you go to bed, too.

5.      If you’re stressed out, try relaxation techniques like meditating, deep breathing, yoga, reading a favorite book, listening to calm music, or writing in a journal.

6.      Make your room temperature comfortable to sleep: quiet, and dark.  not too cold or hot, If you currently use your bedroom as an office or another TV room, rethink this arrangement. Make your bedroom a place to rest, not get distracted.

7.      Put all electronics away atleast 45 mins before bedtime, especially mobile devices like your smartphone or tablet.

Checking your blood sugar level at night

If you are on insulin, it is important to check your blood sugar level an hour before bedtime. To avoid going low overnight, experiment with bedtime snacks that will keep your blood sugar normal overnight, like an apple or some vegan curd . Some health care providers recommend a 3:00 a.m. blood sugar test to ensure that your overnight blood glucose is stable. If you’re on an insulin pump, fine-tune your basal levels if your blood sugar level tends to drop overnight.

One of the first steps is to identify the problem area – diet, exercise, weight, sleep or stress. For this, we need you to fill the lifestyle diary. This keeps track of what you ate, how much you exercised, how well you slept, your weight patterns etc. This diary will help us understand your current routine so that we can suggest easy, positive changes. Without this, we might end up suggesting changes in areas that don’t require it or give you changes that might be impossible for you to follow.

This might seem like a lot, but it is only for a few days – this will help me plan your Live Diabetes Free program better. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started right away!