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Diabetes, Insomnia and Health Issues

More than 1/3 American adults complain of issues with insomnia. Diabetes can cause sleep loss, and there is strong evidence that sleeping issues can increase your risk of developing diabetes. Insomnia can increase your risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes due to increasing insulin resistance, obesity, a possible link to dementia, depression, infections, falls and so many major health concerns.

Follow these tips for a better night's sleep:

  • Follow a routine and stick to a schedule.

  • Eliminate sugar, caffeine and alcohol before bed time.

  • Create a comfortable and relaxing sleeping environment.

  • Try aromatherapy and keep the temperature to a least 70 degrees.

  • Keep your sleeping area disruption free. Turn off the lights and noise.

  • Avoid engaging in stimulating activities before bed, the news, exercise, electronic equipment, and work.

  • Find a way to distress. Engage in yoga, meditation, inspirational reading and prayer.

  • Manage blood glucose levels. Eat mini meals throughout the day.

  • Avoid processed foods.

  • Eat fresh non starchy vegetables and fruit when possible. Avoid juice.

  • Check your vitamin D levels and when needed take a supplementation. Just 15 minutes per day of natural sun light can make a big difference.

  • Ask your doctor if melatonin and magnesium is right for you.

  • As with most all health issues, exercise and shed a few pounds.

  • Test blood sugars prior to going to bed. Eat a healthy snack that combines protein and carbohydrates 30 minutes before bed time.

Diabetes is much worse when combined with insomnia and lack of sleep makes most medical diseases increase to a high-risk. People with diabetes often suffer from chronic pain due to neuropathy which makes staying asleep almost impossible. Talk with your doctor and make it a mission to overcome sleep issues. There is healing power for your entire body in sleep!

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Care services can include:

  • Safety and a watchful eye on daily routine

  • Medication reminders

  • Transportation to appointments, shopping errands

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  • Grocery shopping and nutritious meal preparation

  • Social engagement

  • Light housekeeping, laundry, linen change, kitchen sanitation

  • Personal care, bathing, dressing, grooming and toilet assistance

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