Diabetes and sleep problems

Lack of sleep can lead to diabetes

Diabetes and sleep problems are extremely common. In fact not sleeping well can be a determining factor in developing diabetes in the first instance. It has been said in medical circles that a good night’s sleep is as important as diet for diabetics.

Diabetics need to be very careful about their sleep as anything that throws off consistent good sleep can have a bad impact and lead to an overall lack of energy, chronic fatigue and even depression over the longer term.

Diabetes and sleep problems

Diabetes and sleep problems – the first signs

Before you are diagnosed with diabetes the first sign that your blood sugar levels are out of control maybe when you are getting a poor night’s sleep. When your blood sugar levels are high your kidneys work overtime trying to get rid of the excess sugar in your body. They do this by forcing you to urinate often. This can lead to shocking night’s sleep as you often find yourself going up and back to the bathroom all night long.

People with high blood sugar may also find themselves eating more as your cells are not getting the vital nutrients that they need. Consuming excess food will cause blood sugar levels to rise even higher further compounding the effects of a poor night’s sleep.

Lack of sleep can lead to diabetes

There is evidence in medical circles to suggest that a lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can lead to diabetes. The body’s reaction to sleep loss can beLack of sleep can lead to diabetes insulin resistance where the cells fail to utilise insulin properly, this maybe a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes and sleep problems – too high and too low

Both high and low blood sugar levels can lead to a poor night’s sleep. Sometimes you can think you had a good night’s sleep but feel extremely lethargic the next day.

High blood sugar levels can make it uncomfortable for you to sleep eg it can make you feel too hot or irritable and restless. High blood sugar can also see you going to the toilet a lot during the night.

If you find that you are waking up in a pool of sweat it can be a tell-tale sign that you have been having low blood sugar episodes during the night. It can quite often mean that you have to adjust your dosage of night time insulin if you are a type 1 diabetic. Low blood sugar levels during the night can mean that you arise in the morning feeling extremely fatigued. On a side note it is wise to sleep with some sugar or sweets close to your bed in case of a hypo at night.

Lack of sleep can make you gain weight

Some studies reveal that people who get less sleep tend to be heavier than those who sleep well. If you are overweight you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Having a bad night’s sleep, whether it is due to high blood sugar or not, can make you gain weight. This is because a lack of sleep sees higher levels of a stress hormone called cortisol released in the body. Cortisol leads to an increase in appetite.

Diabetes and sleep apnea

Diabetes and sleep apneaThere is a lot of research to suggest a link between diabetes and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is marked by loud and excess snoring during sleep. It also sees you hold or pause for breath involuntarily while you sleep. If you are overweight the chances of sleep apnea are elevated. It is believed that the reason for this is because of fatty deposits around your airways that obstruct the breath. If you have diabetes and you snore it is essential that you tell your doctor. Sleep apnea can see you get a poor night’s sleep which can worsen or even turn into diabetes

The first treatment for sleep apnea is weight loss. Treating sleep apnea has been proven to lower insulin resistance which is good news for type 2 diabetics.

Another common treatment for sleep apnea is a machine that blows air through a hose which is attached to a mask that you sleep with.

Diabetes and restless legs syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome is a condition that is common amongst diabetics. It causes unusual sensations or feelings in the legs which can prevent a good night’s sleep

Diet is the key to getting a good night’s sleep

Eating a proper diet and getting your blood sugar levels under control will ultimately lead to a good night’s sleep. Personally I find that if I have a big meal for dinner that is loaded with carbs eg breads, rice or pasta it makes my sugar harder to control while I sleep and can lead to me feeling quite drowsy in the morning. The solution is to eat carbs earlier in the day.

Get plenty of exercise

A proper exercise routine releases stress. Being overly stressed can be a reason for insomnia. Exercising rigorously at least 3 times per week can be a great way to minimise diabetes sleep problems.

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The best foods for getting a good night’s sleep

Some of the best food for promoting sleep include dairy products, bananas, bananas, fish almonds, oatmeal, wholegrains and honey.

Other tips for a good night’s sleep

  • Getting a bed that is big enough for you.Diabetes and a good night sleep
  • A comfortable pillow (duck feathers are nice) and bed linen
  • Have your room at a comfortable sleeping temperature and well ventilated
  • Ensure that your room is dark, very dark. If this is not possible a blindfold may help
  • Ear plugs maybe necessary if you live in a noise place.
  • Stick to a regular bedtime
  • Don’t watch TV from bed and keep reading to a minimum.
  • The only things that should take place in your bed are sex and sleep.


If you are having trouble sleeping you should consult your doctor. If going to the toilet at night is preventing you from getting a good night sleep then you should go for a blood test straight away, it maybe be a sign that you are pre-diabetic. A lack of sleep can turn into a serious health condition so it is imperative that you follow some of the advice listed above to get yourself in shape for some well needed shut-eye.

Again the best ebook on the market is found here. It is a great place to start to get the best night’s sleep and see your energy levels dramatically improve.

Please also see my blog post on diabetes and depression treatment.

If you have diabetes and sleep problems please reach out to me below and I will answer your question.

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  1. Angela

    You certainly packed a lot of quality information here in this post. I know I do not sleep well at night, always tossing and turning, A lot of your tips make good sense to get better sleep. but my question is the food you listed as to help you sleep better. Most of them seem strange to eat for better sleep, I will have to check into this area more.
    Anyways, great info here, I will definitely pass it along and will also get your ebook. Thanks

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thanks Angela. I am always surprised by the amount of people I meet that have trouble sleeping, diabetics and non. Interestingly I seem to meet more women that have sleep troubles than men. I wonder if that is just a coincidence? Anyway thanks for reading and commenting. There are plenty of over-the-counter drugs you can purchase which may help you sleep. There is nothing like a good, natural, refreshing night’s sleep!!

  2. Bob

    I thought your site was very informative, and I feel that I myself got some very good information from reading it! Being the fact that I’ve had a stroke and open heart surgery. Your site itself is very nice and organized and easy to maneuver and loaded with very good advice! I feel that you’ve done a great job whether it be the layout or the advice given. You’ve done an outstanding job in my eyes! Very nice!

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thanks Bob. I hope that your health is ok, it sounds like you have been though a lot. I appreciate the feedback and wish you all the best with your health.


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