Sleeping and diabetes, sleep and diabetes, diabetes and sleep

LIVINGLIVING

longer, before you go to bed, can help to

cool down areas of your home.

DRESS LIGHT: Opt for light, cotton

nightwear - or don't wear anything at all.

You could also put a pair of clean socks

in the fridge before you go to bed. Chilled

socks make for cool feet, which will bring

your skin and body temperature down.

TAKE THE PLUNGE: A cool bath or

shower before bedtime can help cool you

down, and it's also a good idea to drink

plenty of cold water to keep you hydrated.

Keep a glass of water by your bed, too.

EAT & DRINK LIGHT: It's also a good idea

not to eat a big meal or drink too much

alcohol before bed. This can help you

avoid waking up dehydrated in the middle

of the night or being kept awake due to

overactive digestion.

SPACE IT OUT: If possible, try to keep

some distance between you and your

partner, so you can both keep your cool.

Ideally, next time you're buying one, a

bigger double bed (minimum 5ft) can

help, so that you both have enough space

between and you don't disturb each

other's sleep.

GENERAL SLEEP TIPS

Hot weather and hay fever aside, if you're

having trouble sleeping at any time of year,

in addition to the tips above, consider the

following, too…

• Follow a regular bedtime routine, which

can help you keep your sleep on track

- or get it back on track if you're having

trouble sleeping. This includes setting

regular times for going to bed.

• Get up at roughly the same time each

day, even at the weekends (when it's

tempting to have a long lie-in!).

• Avoid caffeinated drinks after 4pm.

• Avoid using your mobile, computer or

tablet, or watching TV before bed as the

blue light waves of back-lit devices can

affect your body clock.

• Write a list of your worries, and any ideas

about how to solve them, before going to

bed to help you forget about them until

the morning.

• Make sure your phone is turned off and

in another room. Feeling that you always

need to be available can make it much

more difficult to switch off mentally and

wind down. If you do wake up, or can't

get to sleep, it also means that you won't

be tempted to take a quick look at any

messages.

• Relax before bed time - having a warm

bath or listening to calm music can help.

• Use thick curtains or blackout blinds, an

eye mask and earplugs to stop you being

woken up by light and noise.

• Avoid exercise for a few hours before

going to bed.

• Try to avoid taking a nap during the day.

If your diabetes is

affecting you at night

due to hypos and

hypers, talk to your

diabetes team about

it. And, keep your

blood test meter and

hypo treatments to

by your bed.

If your insulin or diabetes medication

is causing hypos, you may find that

nocturnal or night-time hypos may affect

you without you realising it. However, in

the morning, these hypos might leave

you feeling like you have a hangover,

even if you didn't drink any alcohol

the night before. You might remember

having vivid dreams, too.

High sugar levels at night, however,

can leave you weary the next day.

Hypers affect your sleep - making you

restless and warm, and giving you

headaches or leaving you feeling thirsty.

You could experience interrupted sleep

due to a lot of trips to the loo, too. All

of this can significantly impact on the

quality of your sleep.

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