Did you know poor sleep makes the body less effective at using insulin?
Aim to get at least seven to nine hours per night. If a good night’s sleep is not possible during the week, make sure you are catching up over the weekend.
A recent study showed that people who sleep more than 8 hours or less than 5 hours per night have higher blood glucose readings. This means that if they’re prediabetic, they’re more likely to develop diabetes. If they’re type 2 diabetics, then poor sleep leads to poor control of blood glucose.
In addition, participants who slept 7-8 hours daily had better HbA1c levels than the group who slept longer or shorter. Sleep is an often-overlooked factor in diabetes, so be sure to discuss sleep habits with the doctor.
What tips do you have for people wanting a better night’s sleep?