Winter sleep report, the Sleep Council

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Diabetes and sleep

If you're finding that your diabetes is

affecting you at night, with you going high

or low, then it's important to talk to your

diabetes team about it. And, keep your

meter and hypo treatments by your bed.

• If your insulin or diabetes medication is

causing hypos, then nocturnal or nighttime hypos may affect

you without you

realising it. But, in the morning, they might

leave you feeling like you have a hangover,

even if you didn't touch a drop of the hard

stuff the night before! You might also

remember having had vivid dreams.

• High sugar levels at night, however,

can leave you weary the next day. This is

because they affect your sleep - making

you restless and warm, and giving you

headaches or leaving you feeling thirsty.

You could also end up traipsing to the loo

a lot. It's not surprising then that regularly

high blood sugars could significantly

impact on the quality of your sleep.

Still can't sleep?

Far from bedtime being a time to wind

down, relax and switch off after a busy

day, worry and stress tops the list of

culprits disturbing our sleep, according to

The Sleep Council*. Keep a notepad by

your bed. If you're lying awake thinking

about your workload or what you need to

do the next day, it may help to jot down

any worries, or ideas that come into your

head. And, if it's just not happening for

you, get up as there's no point staring

at the ceiling and worrying. Try to do

something that's relaxing for both your

mind and body, such as listening to some

quiet music, reading a book or having a

warm bath. When you start to feel sleepy

again, you can then go back to bed.

When you do go back to bed, turn

your clock away from you, so that you

won't be tempted to check the time.

You may find that worrying about losing

precious sleep before the alarm goes off

only feeds your anxiety and prevents you

getting back to sleep.

Or, you could…

…try yoga, breathing techniques and

regular exercise, which are some of the

ways that may help calm the mind and

help combat sleep problems.

The Sleep Guru, Anandi, found yoga

and Ayuverda helped improve her sleep

after many years of insomnia. Anandi, who

offers free sleep advice on her website

and whose book, Breathe Better, Sleep

Better, uses breathing techniques as a

tool to help improve sleeping patterns,

says: "Ultimately, the key is a series of

small, but significant, lifestyle changes

which include delaying the temptation to

immediately check your emails as soon

as you wake up, simple dietary changes

and becoming aware of, and using, the

breath to connect you to a more peaceful

state and nourish your nervous system."

www.thesleepguru.co.uk

Brian Keane, a fitness and health

expert, and author of The Fitness

Mindset, explains that understanding

our sleeping patterns can boost your

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