Why You Need Not Lose Sleep Over Glucose Levels

Monitor your glucose levels for a good night’s sleep!

Nocturnal Hypoglycemia
Diabetes Care | Feb. 1, 2023

According to a recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation, a growing number of people are getting less than 6 hours of sleep everyday against the recommended 8 hours. While increased screen time, usage of digital media and emotional and physical stressors are known to affect sleep, people with diabetes face an additional challenge that impacts their sleep; they’re prone to nocturnal hypoglycemia low blood sugar during the night— which can lead to a range of consequences, if left unchecked.

Nocturnal hypoglycemia, a condition in which the blood sugar drops below 70 mg/dL during the night, may impact people with diabetes, especially among those with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Studies suggest that nearly half of all severe hypoglycemia episodes occur at night. It is possible, in some cases, for episodes to be asymptomatic, while in others, people may encounter sleep disturbances or experience symptoms like headaches, confusion, irritability or damp clothes from sweating, on waking up. Irrespective of its extent or ability to cause symptoms, however, hypoglycemia needs to be tracked and tackled, to ensure the glucose level returns to its normal range without delay or serious repercussions.

A Revolution in Glucose Monitoring

As is evident, for a person with diabetes, the need to measure blood sugar at regular intervals, if not the drop in blood sugar level itself, can become the reason for disturbed sleep. Ironically, adequate sleep is also one of the factors responsible for ensuring optimum health and regulating glucose levels! Now this can be quite a tricky situation to be in, but it need not be so…

Making mindful changes to your care plan can help to keep hypoglycemia at bay. Consult your doctor to outline a diet and exercise plan that helps your glucose levels remain stable. Avoid skipping meals; keep your meal and snack times consistent, to reduce blood sugar fluctuations. Another crucial aspect of managing hypoglycemia is gaining a better understanding of your glucose levels and patterns. Knowing how your glucose levels behave through the day and night can help your doctor to create a tailored treatment plan for you. Newer sensor-based continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) enables exactly this. It painlessly measures your glucose 24x7, detects fluctuations, analyzes trends, and gives your healthcare providers visibility into your glucose level stats. Your doctors can, thus, determine when you are likely to experience an episode of hypoglycemia and take action to prevent it, while you rest assured that your health is in safe hands.

Dealing with Diabetes is no joke

Cutting down on screen time or practicing meditation to manage stress, may help some of us sleep better at night. For a lot of people with diabetes, however, restful sleep has long been a struggle. Health technology is changing this reality. Modern med-tech devices are making it easier to navigate your health condition, assuring you that it is possible to manage your health effectively, without losing sleep over it.

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Disclaimer: The information mentioned in this document is only suggestive /for patient education and shall not be considered as a substitute for doctor’s advice or recommendations from Abbott. Please consult your doctor for more information.