TOO TIRED TO THINK: DIABETES AND SLEEP APNEA

How to Deal with These Two Related Conditions.

 Getting enough rest can help you deal with your diabetes

Getting enough rest can help you deal with your diabetes

Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains.
— Shakespeare

The majority of American adults fail to get enough sleep at night and adequate sleep seems to be especially a problem for people with diabetes. Many people with diabetes suffer from a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where the person breathing pauses during sleep due to  obstruction of the individual's airway.  

Part of the problem is many people with type II diabetes are overweight. The excess tissue around their neck interrupts the airways causing a blockage. Lack of proper sleep raises blood sugar levels making it difficult to manage the sleep deprived person's diabetes. Sleep deprivation also elevates  blood pressure increasing a  person with hypertension and diabetes risk for stroke.

Here are some tips to treat sleep apnea:

1. Lose Weight.  Overweight people who lost an average of 22 pounds  were able to have significant improvements in their sleep apnea. In some cases, the condition COMPLETELY resolved. Also, as most of you know, weight loss improves blood glucose and high blood pressure giving the person with diabetes THREE benefits in one. 

2. CPAP Therapy.   Some people will need more than weight loss to resolve their sleep apnea. For those people they may need a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy to improve their sleep. A CPAP machine blows air through a mask the person wears at night to keep the person's airways open.  

In most cases, doctors will need to send their clients to a sleep center to find out if they are a candidate for a CPAP machine. However, if you just want to sleep sounder at night avoiding caffeinated beverages after lunchtime,  watching television or surfing the internet no later than 9:00pm and learning how to manage stress can help. 

If you have any other questions or suggestions about sleep apnea please leave your thoughts in the comment section. Your input could help others. Also, if you would like to work with me to help deal with YOUR diabetes please leave your contact information below.

 

Best,

 

 

Allison